Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being toneless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being toneless; lack of tone, in any sense.

Etymologies

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toneless +‎ -ness

Examples

  • "Oh," she said, with all the tonelessness of disinterest, and went on with her stitching.

    CHAPTER XVI

  • His voice had the tonelessness of a surgeon's asking for another scalpel.

    Quiller Meridian

  • Mamie McInnes played while Barney Car and her husband, Jerry, sang with good-natured tonelessness.

    The Legacy of Heorot

  • The tonelessness in her voice belied the tears in her eyes.

    The Way to Dusty Death

  • The hostility was gone from his voice; nothing remained but an even tonelessness.

    Ralestone Luck

  • His defective ear would never allow him to catch the trick of the accent — he would always speak with the tonelessness of the foreigner — but his vocabulary was widening and his grammar growing more certain and he was acquiring a fluency in the idiom which more than once earned him a pretty compliment from his host.

    Flying Colours

  • In spite of herself, the dead tonelessness of the man's voice aroused her to sudden pity.

    Prairie Flowers

  • The calm assurance of the man fanned her rising anger, and, when she answered, her voice was low and steady, with the tonelessness of forced control.

    The Gun-Brand

  • For the first time in all the afternoon, his voice lost its tonelessness, and rang out with the resonance of sincerity.

    The Bent Twig

  • But his accents, when he spoke, were even, if menacing in their tonelessness.

    The Day of Days An Extravaganza

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