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monotone

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A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the face of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.
Jean Paul Richter
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English

Etymology

From monotony.

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmɒnətəʊn/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈmɑːnətoʊn/

Adjective

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Positive
monotone

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) having a single unvaried pitch
    • 1799, John Walker, Elements of Elocution, Cooper and Wilson, page 309:
      It is no very difficult matter to be loud in a high tone of voice; but to be loud and forcible in a low tone, requires great practice and management; this, however, may be facilitated by pronouncing forcibly at firſt in a low monotone; a monotone, though in a low key, and without force, is much more ſonorous and audible than when the voice ſlides up and down at almoſt every word, as it muſt do to be various.
    • 1940, Asiatic Society (Calcutta, Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, India), Journal of the Asiatic Society, page 95:
      The prominence of the syllables is more monotone than in English, the intonation of the latter having a larger variation of stressed and unstressed syllables.
    • 1998, Roger W. Shuy, Bureaucratic Language in Government and Business, Georgetown University Press, Research on Telephone vs. In-Person Administrative Hearings, page 76:
      In the formal register, such variation is reduced and the talk has a more monotone, business-like quality.

Translations

Noun

Singular
monotone

Plural
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monotone ({{{1}}})
  1. A single unvaried tone of speech or a sound
    When Tina felt like her parents were treating her like a servant, she would speak in monotone and act as though she were a robot.

Derived terms


French

Pronunciation

Adjective

monotone m. (f. monotone, m. plural monotones, f. plural monotones)

  1. Monotone
  2. Whose speech is monotone.
  3. Boring due to uniformity or lack of variety; monotonous.

Italian

Adjective

monotone f.

  1. Feminine plural form of monotono

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