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Shriek


SHRIEK, verb intransitive [Latin ruga, wrinkled, rugo, to bray.] To utter a sharp shrill cry; to scream; as in sudden fright, in horror or anguish.

At this she shriek'd aloud. Dryden.

It was the owl that shriek'd. Shak.

SHRIEK, noun A sharp shrill outcry or scream, such as is produced by sudden anger or extreme anguish.

Shrieks, clamors, murmurs fill the frighted town. Dryden.