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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 ?
'Yes, it's a very good bee-hive,' the Knight said in a discontented tone, 'one of the best kind.
'But what are they for?' Alice asked in a tone of great curiosity.
He was not inclined to cry, and did not feel that Maggie's grief spoiled his prospect of the sweets; but he went and put his head near her, and said in a lower, comforting tone,--
"Am I selfish?" The question slipped out involuntarily and in a tone of surprise, for the one virtue on which he prided himself was generosity.
There was something defiant--almost threatening--in her tone. Horace was annoyed--and he showed it when he spoke.
"The Fairy was never more seen; but her enchanting tones have often been heard.
`Well, be off, then!' said the Pigeon in a sulky tone, as it settled down again into its nest.
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.
I murmured something affirmative in a doubtful tone and she remarked quaintly, with a certain curtness, "It's so unnecessary, this worry!
He repeated his last words in louder and sterner tones:
These words, uttered in a tone of surprise and reproach, drew upon this unknown personage the attention of the archdeacon which, to tell the truth, had not been diverted from him a single moment since the stranger had set foot across the threshold of his cell.
Of what in other worlds shall be--and given In beauty by our God, to those alone Who otherwise would fall from life and Heaven Drawn by their heart's passion, and that tone, That high tone of the spirit which hath striven Though not with Faith-with godliness--whose throne With desperate energy 't hath beaten down; Wearing its own deep feeling as a crown.
From his tone both Kitty and Anna knew that a reconciliation had taken place.
How charming it is that there are words and tones; are not words and tones rainbows and seeming bridges 'twixt the eternally separated?