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Emotional IntensityPlay
Used to express strong emotions, like terror or joy, indicating an uncontrollable reaction. SlideUpon seeing the haunted house, she couldn't help but shriek.
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Informal SettingPlay
Most suitable for casual or less formal contexts; may seem melodramatic in formal situations. SlideThe friends shrieked with excitement at the surprise party.
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Unexpected ReactionPlay
Implies a spontaneous and surprised reaction, often to something sudden and unexpected. SlideHe shrieked when a burst of cold water hit him.