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Synonyms for tone

Synonyms for tone

a sound of distinct pitch and quality

a particular vocal quality that indicates some emotion or feeling

a distinctive way of expressing oneself

a general impression produced by a predominant quality or characteristic

a prevailing quality, as of thought, behavior, or attitude

the property by which the sense of vision can distinguish between objects, as a red apple and a green apple, that are very similar or identical in form and size

a shade of a color, especially a pale or delicate variation

tone down: to make less emphatic or obvious

tone down: to make or become less severe or extreme

Synonyms for tone

the quality of a person's voice

(linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages

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the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

a steady sound without overtones

a musical interval of two semitones

the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

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utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

vary the pitch of one's speech

change the color or tone of

give a healthy elasticity to

References in classic literature ?
It was as if the tones came from a church in the still forest; people looked thitherward, and felt their minds attuned most solemnly.
Yes, everybody was unanimous on the subject, except one, who said that the bell was too small and too fine to be heard at so great a distance, and besides it was very different tones to those that could move a human heart in such a manner.
It so happened, that, at the moment he began to speak, silence had just been restored, and, although his voice was very soft and gentle in its tone, every one heard his question.
Manicamp, leaning on the arm of a gigantic trooper, as firm as the pillar of a cathedral, replied in his usual tranquil tone of voice, -- "And you, monsieur?
It was in an almost tempestuous tone that she made me observe that we were not living in the fifteenth century.
You see that he is mad," he said, in a low tone, to Gossip Tourangeau.
Here Jacques Coictier, who had been unhorsed by the archdeacon's impetuous replies, regained his saddle, and interrupted him with the triumphant tone of one learned man correcting another,--"
she exclaimed in a tone of dismay, as she put her hands up to something very heavy, and fitted tight all round her head.
in a tone which implied that her indignation would fizz and ooze a little, though she was determined to keep it corked up, "you'd far better hold your tongue.
The question slipped out involuntarily and in a tone of surprise, for the one virtue on which he prided himself was generosity.
She listened eagerly, and said her next words in a louder, firmer tone.
My friend," said Anna Mikhaylovna in gentle tones, addressing the hall porter, I know Count Cyril Vladimirovich is very ill.
It was on the evening before his departure, as he wished still once to visit the Lei and offer to the Nymph of the Rhine his Sighs, the tones of his Zither, and his Songs.
repeated the Pigeon, but in a more subdued tone, and added with a kind of sob, `I've tried every way, and nothing seems to suit them
Have not names and tones been given unto things that man may refresh himself with them?