tone policing

[ tohn puh-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.

OTHER WORDS FROM tone policing

tone-po·lice, verb (used with object) tone-po·liced, tone-po·lic·ing.tone po·lice, plural noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019