It became a successful thing to do, however, because it chimed with the tenor of the times.
The tenor of the briefing room made clear just how fundamentally the GOP has altered the terms of political debate.
It is Cheney, not his former boss, who seems more attuned with the current tenor of the GOP.
But with President Obama vowing to take the lead, the tenor of the debate might be changing.
The arrival of an oddly disciplined soldier named Chrysostome, however, changes the tenor of the life in Yangambi.
But there was an apprehension to disturb the tenor of his thoughts, and fall heavily upon his official capacity.
The policeman released the tenor, and both of them seized Paoli.
The treble, sixth, seventh, and tenor were “maiden”; the others needed but slight alteration.
It was evident from the tone and tenor of their conversation that such was not the case.
I was not; but both Hugh Atherton and myself were led to anticipate what the tenor of it would be.
c.1300, "general meaning, purpose, drift," from Old French tenour "substance, sense" (13c.), from Latin tenorem (nominative tenor) "contents, course," originally "a holding on," from tenere "to hold" (see tenet). The musical sense of "high male voice" is attested from late 14c., because the sustained melody (canto fermo) was carried by the tenor's part.