inflection

[ in-flek-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF inflection

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INFLECTION

Somehow, the inflection on the last word did not altogether suggest the ingenuous.

The forger repeated the words with an inflection that was gloating.

I must have imagined the pause, the inflection; but he has me under surveillance.

"Yes, you will," Adams returned, not noticing that his son's inflection was satiric.

He spoke in a deep bass rumble, without emotion or inflection.

Its tone was velvety in its richness, nor was there the least inflection of astonishment in its tone.

There was no note of merriment in that sound, no inflection of satisfaction or joy.

What of eloquence when the voice fails or loses its facility of inflection?

"Leave him alone," ordered James with an inflection of command in his voice.

What Inflection is used in the first four lines of each stanza?

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Middle French inflexion and directly from Latin inflexionem (nominative inflexio) "a bending, inflection, modification," noun of action from past participle stem of inflectere (see inflect). For spelling, see connection. Grammatical sense is from 1660s.

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