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Synonyms for inflection

Synonyms for inflection

a particular vocal quality that indicates some emotion or feeling

Synonyms for inflection

a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function

deviation from a straight or normal course

a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified

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We care not how trifling a character may be--let it be the mere inflection of the angle of the jaw, the manner in which an insect's wing is folded, whether the skin be covered by hair or feathers--if it prevail throughout many and different species, especially those having very different habits of life, it assumes high value; for we can account for its presence in so many forms with such different habits, only by its inheritance from a common parent.
Monk, astonished at this language, which established between him and the French gentleman equality at least, raised his piercing eye to the stranger's face, and with a sensible irony conveyed by the inflection of his voice alone, for not a muscle of his face moved, -- "I thank you, monsieur," said he; "but, in the first place, to whom have I the honor of speaking?
He was aware that he was "talking big," like Denis Eady; but his reaction of joy had unsteadied him, and the inflection with which she had said of the engaged couple "They're so happy
She could not go on, although Rebecca, with the smallest inflection of sarcasm in her voice, besought her to continue that charming story.
Her refined tone, exquisite phrasing and playful use of vocal inflections combined for a brazen performance that matched the red shoes she'd chosen to wear with her black formal.
Using techniques of digital manipulation, he alters the reality of captured images -- the Inflections -- without changing their composition in order to invite viewers to take a fresh look, and change the familiar way in which they consume photography.
Sterlin's rich contralto takes Holmes's voice to a higher and sometimes supercilious pitch than Mary Russell's and imbues all the characters with appropriate inflections and tones without troubling too much about getting accents exactly so.
Kulonen does not believe that common Uralic possessive suffixes and personal inflections could have formed by agglutinating respective personal pronouns with preceding noun and verb stems, as Uralic personal pronouns are too irregular for that.
What he may have lacked in tone, he made up in emotion, his inflections magnified by the microphone.
Each of the aforementioned securities are near their respective inflections points according to this analysis.
The delivery is somewhat multi-voiced with inflections and accents.
Industry inflections can be technological, competitive, or legislative and occur when new forces cause massive dislocations in the competitive landscape," said Nicole Vanderbilt, Jupiter vice president and senior analyst.
Clipped tones and well-placed inflections are put to expert use.
American Heritage Dictionary with Inflections (WP5501)
The inflections from one voice to another are easily discernable and especially important to identify because Josie has an assorted group of friends plus an older brother and her parents.