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184 Examples of Tone Of Text

 , April 20, 2022
Tone of text is the mood or attitude that an author or speaker conveys with word choice and wording. This includes selection of words and phrases, grammar and other elements of wording such as viewpoint. This is used in storytelling, public speaking, writing and conversation where tone of text acts can act as a social cue. The following are common examples of tone of text followed by a few more concrete examples.
Accommodating
Accusatory
Admiring
Affectionate
Aggressive
Agreeable
Aloof
Angry
Animated
Antagonistic
Apathetic
Apologetic
Appreciative
Argumentative
Arrogant
Assertive
Authoritative
Biased
Bitter
Boastful
Bored
Calm
Candid
Caring
Casual
Cold
Complacent
Conceited
Condescending
Confident
Confused
Considerate
Constructive
Contemplative
Contemptuous
Contentious
Conversational
Cooperative
Critical
Cruel Wit
Cryptic
Curious
Cynical
Dark
Defensive
Defiant
Dejected
Dignified
Direct
Disagreeable
Disappointed
Dismissive
Disrespectful
Dramatic
Eager
Elegant
Emotional
Empathetic
Energetic
Enthusiastic
Erratic
Evasive
Excited
Factual
Fearful
Festive
Flexible
Focused
Formal
Frivolous
Generous
Glum
Gregarious
Grumpy
Helpful
Honest
Hostile
Humble
Imploring
Impressionable
Inappropriate
Incredulous
Indifferent
Informal
Informative
Innocent
Inquisitive
Intense
Intimate
Introspective
Irreverent
Joyful
Judgmental
Lighthearted
Logical
Loving
Malicious
Matter-of-fact
Mean-spirited
Melancholy
Melodramatic
Mocking
Modest
Nonsensical
Nostalgic
Obedient
Objective
Offbeat
Ominous
Open
Opinionated
Optimistic
Outraged
Outspoken
Overbearing
Passionate
Passive Aggressive
Pathetic
Patronizing
Peaceful
Pensive
Perky
Permissive
Persuasive
Pessimistic
Philosophical
Plain
Playful
Polite
Pompous
Pragmatic
Pretentious
Professional
Proper
Realistic
Refined
Reflective
Regretful
Remorseful
Resentful
Reserved
Respectful
Restless
Ruthless
Sad
Sarcastic
Satirical
Scathing
Self-indulgent
Self-pity
Selfish
Selfless
Sentimental
Serious
Shallow
Shy
Skeptical
Smug
Strange
Subjective
Superficial
Supportive
Suspicious
Sympathetic
Tense
Thoughtless
Tired
Tolerant
Trusting
Uncomfortable
Unconvinced
Unemotional
Unfeeling
Unfriendly
Unsure
Unsympathetic
Untrusting
Urgent
Vain
Vindictive
Warm
Whimsical
Witty
Worried

Matter-of-fact

She's over there.

Professional / Informal

I believe the service manager is in the office, would you like me to get her for you?

Formal

The service manager? May I have your name? Do you have an appointment?

Antagonistic

She's not to be disturbed. Do you have an appointment? How did you get in here?

Calm

The service manager, certainly, let me find out for you. Please take a seat if you like.

Sarcastic / Passive Aggressive

I suppose you want to complain to her because you have some urgent and unique problem that requires special attention. Let me call her.

Attentive

Certainly Sir, let me locate her immediately and bring her to you.

Honest

Oh she's probably taking a long lunch today, it's our coworker's birthday so they will probably be gone for at least three hours. We usually have long lunches and stuff on Fridays so Monday is probably a better time to come in.

Indifferent

She's not here.

Inquisitive

I'm sorry, she's not here at the moment. Can I take your name? Are you one of her clients? Was she expecting you? Did you have questions or just a visit?

Nonsensical

She might have been over there but that's just what I had perceived earlier before the cake.

Objective

Let me check for you and I will let you know.

Ominous

Oh no [active silence] she's not here, did you hear about all that has happened? [active silence] It's terrible.

Optimistic

She's not here but I'm sure that she's likely to return at any moment. Would you mind waiting a few minutes?

Patronizing

She's busy. You could have booked an appointment with her as opposed to just showing up and expecting her to be free.

Pragmatic / Flexible

She's in a meeting. If it is urgent I could try to interrupt the meeting. Alternatively, you could wait or leave a message.

Unsympathetic

She's not here, I don't know where she is and I don't know when she'll be back.

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