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  • n  having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound

  • His rhetoric took on a new stridence, a tendency toward verbal overkill that was at odds with the image of plain-spoken reason he had earlier cultivated.
  • The years seemed to diminish the excessesautobiographical discursions, adolescent stridenceand to ratify Critic Lionel Trilling's appraisal: "The most realistic and .
  • Instead, he fired off a cable which, with measured stridence, told Wilson it was his last chance to avert "the implementation and consequences" of "our decision," demanded again .

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