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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.5 / 4 votes

  1. tone

    Sound is the sensation produced through the organs of hearing or the physical cause of this sensation. Sound is the most comprehensive word of this group, applying to anything that is audible. Tone is sound considered as having some musical quality or as expressive of some feeling; noise is sound considered without reference to musical quality or as distinctly unmusical or discordant. Thus, in the most general sense noise and sound scarcely differ, and we say almost indifferently, "I heard a sound," or "I heard a noise." We speak of a fine, musical, or pleasing sound, but never thus of a noise. In music, tone may denote either a musical sound or the interval between two such sounds, but in the most careful usage the latter is now distinguished as the "interval," leaving tone to stand only for the sound. Note in music strictly denotes the character representing a sound, but in loose popular usage it denotes the sound also, and becomes practically equivalent to tone. Aside from its musical use, tone is chiefly applied to that quality of the human voice by which feeling is expressed; as, he spoke in a cheery tone; the word is similarly applied to the voices of birds and other animals, and sometimes to inanimate objects. As used of a musical instrument, tone denotes the general quality of its sounds collectively considered.

    Synonyms:
    noise, note, sound

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms1.8 / 12 votes

  1. tone

    Synonyms:
    pitch, loudness, mood, intonation, sound, temper, tenor, character, drift, effect

    Antonyms:
    atony, laxity, tunelessness

Princeton's WordNet1.3 / 4 votes

  1. tone, tone of voicenoun

    the quality of a person's voice

    "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, timbre, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, musical note

  2. tonenoun

    (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages

    "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, timbre, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, musical note

  3. timbre, timber, quality, tonenoun

    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

    "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, caliber, tonicity, lineament, quality, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, lumber, tonus, flavour, spirit, whole step, tincture, timberland, pure tone, step, forest, whole tone, character, woodland, timbre, calibre, musical note

  4. spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smellnoun

    the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

    "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"

    Synonyms:
    looking at, pure tone, touch, tactile property, life, timber, look, olfactory perception, timbre, sprightliness, step, tone of voice, smell, olfactory property, aspect, disembodied spirit, savor, feel, quality, tactile sensation, whole tone, impression, touch sensation, scent, aroma, savour, opinion, belief, olfactory sensation, sense of smell, facial expression, odour, shade, spirit, emotional state, tonicity, sapidity, whole step, olfaction, flavour, heart, smack, tang, olfactory modality, odor, tonus, tincture, intent, feeling, tactual sensation, expression, notion, intuitive feeling, purport, relish, looking, flavor, face, musical note, liveliness, smelling, tint, note

  5. shade, tint, tincture, tonenoun

    a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

    "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"

    Synonyms:
    pure tone, spook, whole step, timber, look, wraith, timbre, step, smell, feel, quality, shadow, shadiness, nuance, tonicity, ghost, subtlety, shadowiness, vestige, spirit, tincture, tad, tone of voice, flavour, note, whole tone, tonus, feeling, spectre, trace, flavor, nicety, refinement, specter, musical note, tint, shade

  6. note, musical note, tonenoun

    a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

    "the singer held the note too long"

    Synonyms:
    bank bill, pure tone, billet, notation, bank note, note of hand, timber, look, distinction, timbre, step, tone of voice, smell, preeminence, greenback, quality, eminence, banknote, tonicity, annotation, whole step, promissory note, spirit, bill, banker's bill, feel, short letter, flavour, note, whole tone, tonus, line, tincture, feeling, flavor, musical note, government note, tint, shade

  7. tone, pure tonenoun

    a steady sound without overtones

    "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, timbre, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, musical note

  8. tonicity, tonus, tonenoun

    the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

    "the doctor tested my tonicity"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, timbre, musical note

  9. tone, whole tone, step, whole stepnoun

    a musical interval of two semitones

    Synonyms:
    pure tone, quality, footprint, measure, look, timbre, footfall, step, tone of voice, smell, stride, dance step, feel, timber, whole tone, note, footstep, pace, spirit, tonicity, gradation, whole step, footmark, flavour, stone's throw, stair, tonus, tincture, feeling, flavor, musical note, tint, shade

  10. toneverb

    the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

    "the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw"; "from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, timbre, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, musical note

  11. tone, chant, intoneverb

    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

    "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"

    Synonyms:
    intone, tone up, strengthen, inflect, intonate, modulate, cantillate, chant

  12. tone, inflect, modulateverb

    vary the pitch of one's speech

    Synonyms:
    intone, tone up, strengthen, inflect, modulate, regulate, chant

  13. toneverb

    change the color or tone of

    "tone a negative"

    Synonyms:
    inflect, intone, tone up, strengthen, modulate, chant

  14. toneverb

    change to a color image

    "tone a photographic image"

    Synonyms:
    inflect, intone, tone up, strengthen, modulate, chant

  15. tone, tone up, strengthenverb

    give a healthy elasticity to

    "Let's tone our muscles"

    Synonyms:
    intone, tone up, strengthen, inflect, fortify, modulate, beef up, chant

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. tonenoun

    Synonyms:
    sound, note

  2. tonenoun

    Synonyms:
    accent, intonation, emphasis, cadence, modulation

  3. tonenoun

    Synonyms:
    temper, mood, state of mind

  4. tonenoun

    Synonyms:
    vigor, strength, energy, force, tension, elasticity

  5. tonenoun

    Synonyms:
    prevailing color (of a picture), general effect, style, manner, cast

  6. tonenoun

    Synonyms:
    tenor, drift, prevailing character, spirit

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. tonenoun

    Synonyms:
    sound, note, cadence, modulation, force, vigor, energy

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "tone":

    ringtone, tono, tom, your, tonne, tones, tonal, tonos, tenor, hue, tuna, keynote, tony, beep, undertone, pitch

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How to use tone in a sentence?

  1. Donald Trump:

    We've got people, their heads are being cut off by ISIS, we got nothing but crime pouring into the country, we got a mess of a country, you have hundreds of people who are being shot and killed and Hillary said, 'I don't like his tone.'.

  2. Takuya Takahashi:

    The Fed's hawkish tone does not help the market, which is more worried about a global trade war which would have a negative impact for a much longer term.

  3. Jo Lines:

    We can't keep replacing insecticides every (few) years forever, in the long run we need an exit from this arms race. Either that, or we need to tone down the (insecticide) coverage.

  4. Chris Zaccarelli:

    It was the tone and the fact he listed out in great detail all the gripes the U.S. has with China, all that trade optimism that's been building has been sucked out of the air and replaced with pessimism.

  5. Roberto Mukaro Borrero:

    The tweet by the Washington Redskins rings hollow to me. If the team was really interested in standing in solidarity for racial justice, they would change their name from the dictionary-defined racial slur they continue to use. As an indigenous person, I feel their tweet comes off as tone-deaf, not woke. Violence comes in many forms, some more subtle than others. Indigenous Peoples are not your mascots.


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