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Definition 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 including:
  • 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.
  • Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
tone = general feeling
  • Would you describe the author's tone as more optimistic or more pessimistic?
  • tone = general feeling or attitude
  • The email was long, a thousand words of accusation and bile, but by the end his tone was mournful.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • tone = general feeling, mood, or attitude
  • To the average person, Celeste's tone probably sounded sincere, but I could see through it.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • tone = quality of the voice that expresses a general feeling or attitude
  • If he'd recognized the offended tone in Liesel's voice, he certainly wasn't showing it.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • tone = general feeling or attitude
  • At the tone of Mrs Whatsit's voice, both warning and frightening, Meg shivered again.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • tone = quality of voice expressing a feeling
  • "Oh," said Stacey, his tone indicating that he considered the visit of no importance.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • tone = quality of voice expressing a feeling or attitude
  • She smiles and says in that same sugary, sympathetic tone, "Now, do you know if Khalil sold narcotics?"
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • tone = quality of the voice that expresses a general feeling or attitude
  • Kit recoiled, as much from his angry tone as from the repulsive words.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • tone = quality of voice expressing a feeling or mood
  • Although the tone of the journal, written in the third person in a stilted, self-consciousness voice, often veers toward melodrama, the available evidence indicates that McCandless did not misrepresent the facts; telling the truth was a credo he took seriously.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • tone = general feeling or mood
  • HATHORNE, with a mystical tone: God be praised!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • tone = quality of voice expressing a feeling or attitude
  • Mrs. Merriweather was one of those childless adults who find it necessary to assume a different tone of voice when speaking to children.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tone = pitch (sound of voice) that expressed an attitude or feeling
  • Lina could tell from his tone of voice that Doon didn't really want Clary to be home.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • tone = quality of the voice that expresses a general feeling, mood, or attitude
  • Her tone expressed her entire indifference;
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • tone = quality of voice expressing an attitude
  • "Please put it straight," he asked my mother in an unusually sharp tone.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • tone = quality of voice expressing a feeling
  • His tone conveyed a warning, given out of the pride of ownership, and the boys ate faster while there was still time.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • tone = quality of the voice that expresses a general feeling, mood, or attitude
  • "I guess I'll wait in the car for you," he said finally, his tone a little apologetic.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • tone = quality of voice expressing a feeling or attitude
  • "Not for long," said Hermione in a satisfied tone.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • tone = general feeling, mood, or attitude of something
  • Never did tone express indifference plainer.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • tone = quality of the voice that expresses a general feeling, mood, or attitude
  • Momma changed the tone of her voice.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
tone = quality of voice expressing a feeling or attitude

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