(v. i.) Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound; -- said of a sound, or of that which produces a sound.
(n.) A shrill sound.
(v. i.) To utter an acute, piercing sound; to sound with a sharp, shrill tone; to become shrill.
(v. t.) To utter or express in a shrill tone; to cause to make a shrill sound.
(1) There’ll never be another like him,” she shrilled when she recovered.
(2) He should conduct this conversation factually, carefully, without loud or shrill tones.
(3) Sorry, I mean it would be the department of trade.” She gives a shrill, uneasy laugh.
(4) They also spend excessive time in making unusual sounds consisting of a high-pitched shrill cry with little intonation in infancy and a harsh, strained, and glottal stridency in later life.
(5) Morrison has described claims that Australia was violating international law as offensive and labelled criticism of his silence over the fate of the two boats "shrill and hysterical".
(6) 2.13pm GMT He calls the idea that we have lost track of terrorist plotters as a result of these disclosures "shrill and unsubstantiated".
(7) A grandmother of five, Jones sports a discrete shrill carder bumblebee tattoo on her shoulder courtesy of taking part in a green art project.
(8) Dave meanwhile lapsed into his shrill Bullingdon Club persona; the dividing line between self confidence and smugness is gossamer thin for the prime minister.
(9) Let it be said clearly that the press – divided, suspicious, too often shrill – is no easy partner in this search.
(10) In the context of the increasingly shrill debate around migration and Europe, this week's the Mail on Sunday included an article attacking the non-profit organisation European Alternatives , of which I am co-president.
(11) "Navalny carefully distanced himself from the shrill, old-guard western-friendly liberals – 'hellish, insane, crazy mass of the leftovers and bread crusts of the democracy movement of the 80s', he called them – who simply participated in Putin's cult of personality in reverse."
(12) Winners and losers Going: Species facing "severe" threats in England Red squirrel Northern bluefin tuna Natterjack toad Common skate Alpine foxtail Kittiwake Grey plover Shrill carder bumblebee Recovering: Recent conservation success stories Pole cat Large blue butterfly Red kite Ladybird spider Pink meadowcap Sand lizard Pool frog Bittern
(13) Even at school throughout the school day you would be teaching and next door in the secure accommodation unit you could hear someone, this shrill scream, as they just cry out because they’ve lost it, absolutely lost it, or self-harmed,” Reen said.
(14) The shrill blast of a whistle still makes Almaz Russom wince.
(15) His later years, as the preachments of abolitionists and slaveholders reached their shrill adumbration of bloody war, were marked, even made notorious, by his fiery championing of John Brown, whom he had briefly met in Concord, finding him "a man of great common sense, deliberate and practical", endowed with "tact and prudence" and the Spartan habits and spare diet of a soldier.
(16) The risks are in being ignored entirely or forcing an interjection and appearing “shrill” – the death shriek for women trying to get ahead anywhere.
(17) The shameful destruction of New Orleans, the Wall Street crash of 2008 and growing indebtedness to China, the collapse of so many industries and the shrill ideological divisions in Congress over monetary and fiscal policy can all be traced to habits ingrained in the Reagan years when the notion took hold that "the government is not the solution to our problems; the government is the problem".
(18) He says it's hyperventilation from a shrill government.
(19) It can be a bit shrill One long-serving maker of risky BBC television programmes argues that behind the compliance craze is a bigger loss of nerve.
(20) The shepherd lad held on steadily, driving his goats with shrill cries up our hill for the better pasture on the western side.
(a.) Characterized by harshness; grating; shrill.
(1) The government, too, is keen to strike a conciliatory note, at least compared with the strident tones of the Iron Lady's day.
(2) "For a lot of people in poorer neighbourhoods we are liberators," crowed Yiannis Lagos, one of 18 MPs from the stridently patriot "popular nationalist movement" to enter the 300-seat house in June.
(3) We must also parallel our strident disapproval of misconduct with an objective exploration of the dynamics of both parties and the human commonality of sexual feelings.
(4) In private, the UK’s position has been less strident, according to Girling, and sources say that the UK supported some package objectives, despite reservations about their binding elements.
(5) In recent years O'Brien has been known for taking a more strident tone.
(6) Michael Meacher MP Labour, Oldham West and Royton • How dare Norman Warner and Jack O'Sullivan denigrate the NHS in such strident terms?
(7) George Osborne loosed his most strident rhetoric yet against environmental regulation in his autumn statement , slamming green policies as a "burden" and a "ridiculous cost" to British businesses, in a fillip to the right wing of his party.
(8) "The popular verdict clearly renders the bailout deal null," said the politician, whose stridently anti-austerity coalition of the radical left, known as Syriza, sprung the surprise of the weekend's poll, coming in second with 16.8% of the vote.
(9) Without such efforts, it appears that patient care quality will be the most likely aspect of health care to suffer in the future--a result against which all health care professionals should stridently guard.
(10) But its strident emotionalism and improv-style acting evidently hit the spot with a significant portion of the jury.
(11) The strident tone was illustrated by a startling public rebuff to Barack Obama.
(12) Following disturbing reports from human rights organisations such as Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, as well as the strident campaigning of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Fifa’s secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, promised to hold Qatar to account.
(13) "I seem to be perceived as aggressive and strident and I don't actually think I am strident and aggressive.
(14) McKinney had allowed himself to be photographed beside strident anti-abortion campaigners – and paid for it.
(15) I think a lot of people might think his work is stridently dissonant or painful on the ears.
(16) The concessions didn't go far enough to satisfy one of the most strident opponents, Open Book Alliance, a group that includes Google's rivals Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon.
(17) She is keen to use her tenure to promote the importance of GPs and offer ideas to help keep the NHS working well in difficult times, but in a less strident, more diplomatic, way than her predecessor.
(18) But Trump isn’t just pushing the field to talk about immigration in more strident terms.
(19) Malloch, a businessman who stridently supported Brexit ahead of the vote in June, is said to have been interviewed for the post by Trump.
(20) Leaders were more stridently at odds than ever before in the 30-month euro crisis.