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noun as in inflection

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When Odom, with his buttery intonation and supple phrasing, performs “A Change Is Gonna Come,” he’s not so much impersonating Cooke as channeling him.

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At a recent Zoom practice session, she offered comments on the wording of their speeches, the intonations, the gestures.

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At intervening moments, the engaging Kwong announces in the intonations of a game show host, “It’s puzzle time!”

Wheeler’s job was to re-record each snippet in his own voice, matching the exact rhythm and intonation.

In addition to the intonation changes, Alexa will now take turns speaking like a conversation.

Black English is also intonation, which is a powerful rhetorical tool.

With nine tones, each sound pronounced in a different intonation changes its meaning.

Wardrobe, mannerisms, and intonation are fair game, and Chu certainly has his detractors there.

You can say it on the radio because you have the voice and the intonation, but that is totally different in print.

North Dormer took the Mountain for granted, and implied its disparagement by an intonation rather than by explicit criticism.

But in all these instances it is the intonation of the word as such, not of the sentence, which is primarily concerned.

"I haven't eaten anything for twenty-four hours," he said, with a whistling intonation.

As for Susanna's own accent, she comes from the heart of Aberdeenshire, and her intonation is beyond my power to reproduce.

Dan had given to his last words a weird, mournful intonation whose effect was startling.


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On this page you'll find 32 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to intonation, such as: accent, articulation, emphasis, enunciation, modulation, and pitch.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.