tone policing

[ tohnpuh-lee-sing ]

  1. 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.

Origin of tone policing

First recorded in 2015–20

Other words from tone policing

  • tone-po·lice, verb (used with object) tone-po·liced, tone-po·lic·ing.
  • tone po·lice, plural noun

Words Nearby tone policing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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