[ tohnpuh-lee-sing ]
/ ˈtoʊn pəˌli sɪŋ /
a conversational tactic that dismisses the ideas being communicated when they are perceived to be delivered in an angry, frustrated, sad, fearful, or otherwise emotionally charged manner:It’s condescending to shut down an argument through tone policing.Tone policing can silence the narratives of oppressed populations.
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OTHER WORDS FROM tone policingtone-po·lice, verb (used with object) tone-po·liced, tone-po·lic·ing.tone po·lice, plural noun
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