tone-setter

noun

Definition of tone-setter

: a person or thing that determines or establishes a quality, feeling, or attitude I like to use the joke as a tone-setter for my speeches.

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“Tone-setter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tone-setter. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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