tone — as in: the tone of the essay
Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
See a comprehensive dictionary for the many other common and less common meanings of tone
- a quality of sound, music, or voice
- a quality of color
- a quality of muscles seen after exercise, or the act of exercising to create that quality
- signals from a telephone
The expression "tone down", means to make something less forceful.