What is another word for stridency?

Pronunciation: [stɹˈa͡ɪdnsi] (IPA)

Stridency refers to a harsh or raucous quality in sound or speech. Some synonyms for the word include noisy, clamorous, shrill, grating, harsh, piercing, screeching, and blaring. Stridency is often associated with discordant or dissonant sounds, such as those produced by a screeching car brake or a loud siren. Other words that can be used interchangeably with stridency include cacophony, discord, disharmony, and dissonance. These words all convey a sense of unpleasantness or discomfort, often caused by sharp or jarring sounds. While stridency may be used in a variety of contexts, it is most often associated with loud or abrasive speech or sounds that are unpleasant to the ear.

What are the hypernyms for Stridency?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for stridency?

Stridency refers to a harsh, unpleasant sound or tone. There are several antonyms for this word that describe the opposite of stridency. These antonyms can be used to describe soft, soothing sounds or tones. For example, the words melodious, sonorous, and euphonious all suggest pleasant, enjoyable sounds that are not harsh or irritating. Additionally, the words mellow, gentle, and tranquil describe something that is calm and peaceful, without any harsh or jarring elements. By using these antonyms for stridency, you can create a more balanced and nuanced description of sound or tone.

What are the antonyms for Stridency?

Usage examples for Stridency

He was carrying a box of chocolates-doubtless one of the little things that Mr. Price had had instructions to provide for the evening, Mr. Gilman perhaps would not have caught sight of them had it not been for the stridency of Miss Ingate's voice, which caused him to turn round.
"The Lion's Share"
E. Arnold Bennett
Leave stridency of tone to the locust.
"Resonance in Singing and Speaking"
Thomas Fillebrown
It was wonderful to think that in another half-hour she would see Miss Avies once more, hear those wild hymns again, catch the stridency of Thurston's voice; all these things spoke of Martin.
"The Captives"
Hugh Walpole

Famous quotes with Stridency

  • And lately fashion photographers, bored with Rome or the Acropolis, have ventured farther afield for the frisson of syncretism. Why not Calcutta? Why not the slums of Rio? Cairo? Mexico City? The attempt is for an unearned, casual brush with awe by enlisting untouchable extras. And if the model can be seen to move with idiot stridency through tragedy, then the model is invincible. Luxury is portrayed as protective. Or protected. Austere, somehow—“spiritual.” Irony posing as asceticism or as worldly-wise.
    Richard Rodriguez
  • As for your artificial conception of "splendid & traditional ways of life"—I feel quite confident that you are very largely constructing a mythological idealisation of something which never truly existed; a conventional picture based on the perusal of books which followed certain hackneyed lines in the matter of incidents, sentiments, & situations, & which never had a close relationship to the actual societies they professed to depict . . . In some ways the life of certain earlier periods had marked advantages over life today, but there were compensating disadvantages which would make many hesitate about a choice. Some of the most literarily attractive ages had a coarseness, stridency, & squalor which we would find insupportable . . . Modern neurotics, lolling in stuffed easy chairs, merely make a myth of these old periods & use them as the nuclei of escapist daydreams whose substance resembles but little the stern actualities of yesterday. That is undoubtedly the case with me—only I'm fully aware of it. Except in certain selected circles, I would undoubtedly find my own 18th century insufferably coarse, orthodox, arrogant, narrow, & artificial. What I look back upon nostalgically is a dream-world which I invented at the age of four from picture books & the Georgian hill streets of Old Providence. . . . There is something artificial & hollow & unconvincing about self-conscious traditionalism—this being, of course, the only valid objection against it. The best sort of traditionalism is that easy-going eclectic sort which indulges in no frenzied pulmotor stunts, but courses naturally down from generation to generation; bequeathing such elements as really are sound, losing such as have lost value, & adding any which new conditions may make necessary. . . . In short, young man, I have no quarrel with the principle of traditionalism as such, but I have a decided quarrel with everything that is for these qualities mean ugliness & weakness in the most offensive degree. I object to the feigning of artificial moods on the part of literary moderns who cannot even begin to enter into the life & feelings of the past which they claim to represent . . . If there were any reality or depth of feeling involved, the case would be different; but almost invariably the neotraditionalists are sequestered persons remote from any real contacts or experience with life . . . For any person today to fancy he can truly enter into the life & feeling of another period is really nothing but a confession of ignorance of the depth & nature of life in its full sense. This is the case with myself. I feel I am living in the 18th century, though my objective judgment knows better, & realises the vast difference from the real thing. The one redeeming thing about my ignorance of life & remoteness from reality is that , hence (in the last few years) make allowances for it, & do not pretend to an impossible ability to enter into the actual feelings of this or any other age. The emotions of the past were derived from experiences, beliefs, customs, living conditions, historic backgrounds, horizons, &c. &c. so different from our own, that it is simply silly to fancy we can duplicate them, or enter warmly & subjectively into all phases of their aesthetic expression.
    H. P. Lovecraft

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