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modulate
used in Selected Tales by Poe

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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 of such passion I could form no estimate, save by the miraculous expansion of those eyes which at once so delighted and appalled me—by the almost magical melody, modulation, distinctness and placidity of her very low voice—and by the fierce energy (rendered doubly effective by contrast with her manner of utterance) of the wild words which she habitually uttered.
    1 — Ligeia (27% in)
  • His voice varied rapidly from a tremulous indecision (when the animal spirits seemed utterly in abeyance) to that species of energetic concision—that abrupt, weighty, unhurried, and hollow-sounding enunciation—that leaden, self-balanced and perfectly modulated guttural utterance, which may be observed in the lost drunkard, or the irreclaimable eater of opium, during the periods of his most intense excitement.
    3 — The Fall of the House of Usher (28% in)

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