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modulate
used in Interview with the Vampire

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Definition
to regulate or make something less severe

or:

alter the pitch of one's voice; or other things such as the sound of a musical instrument  or the characteristics of electromagnetic waves
  • And I felt the cold metallic hardness of my words as I spoke, the modulation, the control.
    Part 4 (67% in)
  • But then at last his face brightened, as the reels turned and the voice spoke in an even modulated tone: "It was a very warm evening, and I could tell as soon as I saw him on St. Charles that he had someplace to go ....'
    Part 4 (99% in)

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