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shrill

adjective uk   /ʃrɪl/ us  
having a loud and high sound that is unpleasant or painful to listen to: She had a shrill high-pitched voice. disapproving used to describe a way of arguing or criticizing that seems too forceful: He launched a shrill attack on the prime minister.
shrillness
noun [U] uk   /ˈʃrɪl.nəs/ us  
shrilly
adverb uk   /ˈʃrɪl.li/ us  
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