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Synonyms for shrillness

the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses

having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound

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These significations are constituted at the intersection of the semantic field of the cloister-like space (embodied by the empty stage) and correlated with "concrete" music generating discomfort through its shrillness and weary routine.
The shrillness, jingoism, exaggerations, boorishness and sometimes mistakes in coverage have rankled the host community," Kanak Mani Dixit, editor of the highly respected Himal magazine, tells me.
Seal allowed full rein to the outbursts and rhetorical posturing of the opening and closing allegros that, despite occasional shrillness (an additional desk of first violins would have lessened the strain), often made an exciting sound.
There are those who will see futility in her actions, yet her efforts are a far better investment in our community than the shrillness of those who would close the school doors on our most challenging students.
In a sharp attack, Naidu said, "I hope that the opposition would have realised that the battle with the government will have to be on the strength of their ideas rather than shrillness of their voices.
In Sophocles' play, it is not so much the content of Electra's speech that offends, although this is also a problem; it is the very shrillness and endurance of her lament, that signal her refusal to submit to quiet passivity.
Throughout, Paremski demonstrated an undeniably organic physical mastery of what's needed to punch the bass register without banging and the treble without shrillness.
Desperation had brought a shameful shrillness to his voice that violated the sanctity of the scene: the cold smoky air, the soft music, the smell of fish.
Evidently distraught infants in the arms of parents were wailing at the shrillness of the sound system and the crowd commotion, but quietened down when everyone came together once again to sing the national anthem.
Proponents of placing women into front-line infantry units either conveniently ignore or, in the shrillness of the moment, lose sight of a good deal of that background material.
Her Romeo, Rebecca Robinson, had a pleasant, light mezzo, though it tended to shrillness in the higher register on more than one occasion.
I imagine Cooper at the end of the steps, the shrillness of the engines, the darkness and the rain--the moment just before his dissolution.
In the still hot debris of the death by ambush of five Indian soldiers and a shrillness in the hostility, Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh had a lukewarm coming together in the Big Apple, but neither bit into the fruit of what both believe is a poisoned tree.
The violin player was skillful, classically trained; Samson could tell--undoubtedly more used to playing Mozart than the German folk tune now pealing from his instrument with an underlying shrillness.
Granted, climate science has sometimes given the world cause for skepticism, but shrillness has crowded out reasoned discourse.