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shrill

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