V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the direction in which something is consistently moving; 2. the general sense or meaning of something written or spoken; 3. the exact meaning or wording of a legal document; 4. the highest natural voice of an adult male or a singer with this voice

Synonyms: course, progression, movement, pattern, direction, meaning, significance, sense, tone


Tips: Tenor is a great word to describe the pattern, direction, or character of a meeting or speech. If you have a regularly scheduled meeting, it most likely follows a tenor (usual pattern, character). A speech can also have a tenor (character, direction).

Usage Examples:

What was the tenor of the President's speech? Is he moving away from the issue or pressing forward. (direction, pattern, character)

All of a sudden the tenor of the meeting changed and a contentious argument ensued. (usual pattern, character)

I was expecting the tenor of our normal Monday meetings, not a provocative discussion on our new ad campaign. (usual pattern, character, direction)

The tenor in Washington that consists of each side disagreeing with whatever the other side has to say is growing trite. (pattern, direction)

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