tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force.
a general tendency toward inflation
trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course.
the long-term trend of the stock market is upward
drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces
the drift of the population away from large cities
or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse.
got the drift of her argument
tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course.
the tenor of the times
current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course.
an encounter that changed the current of my life
Examples of tenor in a Sentence
He has a high, lilting tenor.
She asked the tenors to sing the line again.
The tenor of his remarks is clear. Adjective
Verdi wrote some difficult tenor parts.
She plays the tenor sax.
Recent Examples on the Web
Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito will join the San Jose Wind Symphony for its concert on Feb. 25 in Saratoga.—Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024 The tenor of the strike, which achieved a historic contract by every measure, included unprecedented personal attacks on auto executives from UAW President Shawn Fain.—Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2024 But as construction jobs are created and rail infrastructure gets built, the tenor of the conversation has started to shift, my L.A. Times colleague Melissa Gomez reports.—Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Operatic tenor Nicholas Spence, rugby referee Sara Cox and wheelchair rugby player James Simpson were among those who collected their awards from the Princess on Tuesday.—Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 A little more than one year after his Indiana debut, the legendary tenor is returning for a show alongside the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.—Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Jan. 2024 That’s just the beginning: Here are five minutes to fall in love with tenors, the flute, the trumpet, Brahms, string quartets and so much more.—Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2024 The council’s breakfast ahead of the vote set the tenor for the debate.—Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Further helping maintain a tenor of anxious vulnerability is Adam Janota Bzowski’s original score, which is almost exclusively percussive.—Dennis Harvey, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 See More
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Middle English tenor, tenoure, tenure "main point of a document, intent of a legal agreement, continued presence or sustained course, part carrying the cantus firmus melody in contrapuntal music," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French tenur, tenure "import of a document," borrowed from Medieval Latin tenōr-, tenor "sustained course, continuity, condition, drift of a law or document, tone of the voice, cantus firmus melody in contrapuntal music," going back to Latin, "sustained course, continuity, tone of the voice," from tenēre "to hold, possess" + -ōr-, -or, going back to *-ōs-, deverbal noun suffix of state — more at tenant entry 1