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monotone


with an expressionless face and a monotone voice
  sound unvarying in pitch — especially the human voice
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Notes:
Much more rarely, "monotone" may refer to any dull sameness — especially color tones of gray.

Standard prefix:  "mono" typically means "one", "single" or "alone".
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  • with an expressionless face and a monotone voice
  • The quiet, dreary monotone in which he habitually spoke quickened a little under his present excitement.
    Wilkie Collins  --  My Lady’s Money
  • "Sure," he says, totally monotone.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Mother’s monotone voice became vicious.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy

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  • Again, her voice was monotone—completely without emotion.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Gilpin read aloud Clue 2 in a deliberate monotone.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • As he spoke in a monotone, Sophia felt a chill spread through her body at his words.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "Do not, I repeat, do not move again," his captor said, once more using that flat monotone.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • "Tours start every hour on the hour, cost eleven dollars, and frankly aren’t worth it," she answered in a monotone.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • She stopped speaking in the monotone and started to talk like Mia again, at least when she was talking about music.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • One word, spoken in a raspy monotone: "No."
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Easy—I’d be at home, medicating myself into a monotone.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The hum of ID scanners and monotone voice receipts as money changed accounts.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The unseen child — it sounded like a girl about Kate’s age — spoke in a plodding, whispery monotone, her voice half-drowned in static.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The words were flat, monotone, and the expression on her face went completely blank.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • The man in front, his body hidden under layers of fabric and body armor, held a gloved hand against the device in his ear and said, in a monotone voice, "Building clear."
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Something quickened in the monotone of her voice.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This is the sort of architecture you used to see only in science fiction comic books, and seeing it pasted flat against the monotone lake-sky I feel I’ve stepped not forward in time but sideways, into a universe of two dimensions.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I finished my bagel to the sounds of Dorothea’s monotone chatter, interjecting a few nods or "uh-huh’s" whenever she stopped talking long enough to wait for my response.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Mrs. Barbour was from a society family with an old Dutch name, so cool and blonde and monotone that sometimes she seemed partially drained of blood.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Man," Rodrigo said in a monotone from the stage.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • "Leave the room," Eric says, his voice louder and not as monotone.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Her voice was monotone, depressed, and slurred, like she was heavily sedated.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Too …. monotone.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • He spoke in a monotone.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "Swing to the right an’ a swing to lef’; break, now—break—back to—back," the caller sang the high vibrant monotone.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "Ray Singh is nice," my sister said in a monotone at dinner that night.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Her words came out in an odd monotone.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Luma parried the challenges and maintained a supplicant monotone that would’ve amused the boys on the Fugees, who knew what she sounded like when she wanted to make a point.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • At sight of this danger the men suddenly ceased their cursing monotone.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • My voice was a monotone.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The chaplain’s voice floated up to him through the distance tenuously in an unintelligible, almost inaudible monotone, like a gaseous murmur.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Dee’s voice was silky smooth, a gentle monotone exactly in sync with the rippling water.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Desjardins spoke in a monotone, like a surgery patient counting backward waiting for anesthesia to kick in.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Her voice jumped a couple of octaves, a marked contrast to Whitney’s flat monotone.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • The Council greets you, Clarissa Fray, she heard, and it was not just one silent voice inside her head but a dozen, some low and rough, some smooth and monotone, but all were demanding, insistent, pushing at the fragile barriers around her mind.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Arya began to speak in a slow monotone, first of her capture and then of her long imprisonment and torture in Gil’ead.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She was listening to the third woman, a stout, pleasant-faced, elderly person who was talking in a slow clear monotone which showed no signs of pausing for breath or coming to a stop.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The reporter appeared again on the grainy screen, his hair blowing upward like a boat’s sail in the light wind, the monotone brick of the school a wall behind him.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • His voice became a monotone.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Where the clock’s dull monotone Telleth of the day that’s done, Where the moonbeams hover o’er Playthings sleeping on the floor, Where my weary wee one lies Cometh Lady Button Eyes.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Your voice will remain in a monotone.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "Weeks," Jacob said in a flat monotone.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The roar of the air screws momentarily drowned the shouting; then, as the machine touched the ground and the engines were turned off: "We–want–the whip; we–want–the whip," broke out again in the same loud, insistent monotone.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Mr. Sparling became restive and bitter and began to talk in a desolate monotone about his eleven months in France during the Great War.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Just think how The Great Sadness reduced the range of color in your life down to monotones and flat grays and blacks.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • They used to have dolls, for little girls, that would talk if you pulled a string at the back; I thought I was sounding like that, voice of a monotone, voice of a doll.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • He could not distinguish the words; only the ceaseless monotone.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Sure enough, momentarily the monotone, garbled voice of the American consul nears the living room.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • When he spoke it was in a monotone.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
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