Cry and Shriek


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Cry noun – A loud vocal expression of strong emotion.
Usage example: a cry of despair arose when the smoke of the bomb blast cleared

Shriek is a synonym for cry in yell topic. In some cases you can use "Shriek" instead the word "Cry" as a verb or a noun, when it comes to topics like sound, call, shout, scream. popular alternative
Nearby Words: crying, cried
Synonyms for Cry


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Shriek verb – To cry out loudly and emotionally.
Usage example: the children shrieked with excitement

Cry is a synonym for shriek in scream topic. You can use "Cry" instead the word "Shriek" as a verb or a noun, if it concerns topics such as yell, sound, high-pitched scream. popular alternative
Nearby Words: shrieked, shrieking
Synonyms for Shriek

How words are described

familiar familiar cry familiar shriek
long long cry long shriek
distinctive distinctive cry distinctive shriek
brief brief cry brief shriek
Other adjectives: loud, shrill, small, piercing, distorted, last, anguished, agonized.

Common collocations

bit cry bit shriek bit

Both words in one sentence

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