A screed is a long, boring speech or piece of writing with a bad attitude, like a rant. If you’ve had enough and you’re not going to take it anymore, go ahead and write an angry screed.

You can also call a screed a "harangue" or a "tirade." Another totally separate meaning of the word is “a construction tool made of wood or plaster that acts as a guide for the thickness of new plaster.” Screed originally meant "strip of cloth," like the kind you might write a long list on in the old days. Still, if you’re speaking or writing a screed, it’s like you’re reading a long tedious list.

Definitions of screed

n a long monotonous harangue

Type of:
harangue, rant, ranting
a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

n a long piece of writing

Type of:
piece of writing, writing, written material
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

n an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete

Type of:
slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

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