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.
- tone-po·lice, verb (used with object) tone-po·liced, tone-po·lic·ing.
- tone po·lice, plural noun
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How to use tone policing in a sentence
Pillai says her will to go on despite “tone policing, gaslighting” and threats to her livelihood is fueled by her dedication to the women of the past five to six generations whose contributions to Bharatanatyam have been erased.No Dirty Dancing: India’s Classical Dancers Break Caste Taboos | Charu Kasturi | December 4, 2020 | Ozy