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v. in·toned, in·ton·ing, in·tones
1. To recite in a singing tone.
2. To utter in a monotone.
1. To speak with a singing tone or with a particular intonation.
2. Music To sing a plainsong intonation.

[Middle English entonen, from Old French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin tonus, tone; see tone.]

in·tone′ment n.
in·ton′er n.
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Adj.1.intoned - uttered in a monotonous cadence or rhythm as in chanting; "their chantlike intoned prayers"; "a singsong manner of speaking"
rhythmic, rhythmical - recurring with measured regularity; "the rhythmic chiming of church bells"- John Galsworthy; "rhythmical prose"
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Then, the Sacristan locks the iron-barred gates that divide the sanctuary from the chancel, and all of the procession having scuttled into their places, hide their faces; and then the intoned words, 'WHEN THE WICKED MAN--' rise among groins of arches and beams of roof, awakening muttered thunder.
As he intoned in even accents, Wade's eyes, so deep in their somber sockets, dwelt with a strange, wistful compassion on his faded wife.
He grew libellous about phosphates; he dragged greasy "Orange Judd" books from his bunk and intoned them, wagging his finger at Harvey, to whom it was all Greek.
Cosham intoned; at the same instant "Rodney" fitted itself to "William" in Ralph's mind.
He intoned a long whining rhyme in the French tongue, and at the end of every line he raised a thick cord, all jagged with pellets of lead, and smote his companion across the shoulders until the blood spurted again.
The doctor was taken aback, but the solemn disposition of his features did not relax as he almost intoned: "Has Sir Francis told you the sad news, Mr.
The lama, both hands raised, intoned a final blessing in ornate Chinese.
Former Ireland skipper Keane took Gary Neville and Ian Wright to task as he drily intoned: "I'm kind of bored of the lads tonight because according to these two England have already won the tournament."
Flores intoned a relaxed, lovely tone in Lion King, with the KMF scholars providing the tutti part.
"The national anthem will still be intoned, the changed names of schools will remain, the law on defenders will not be adopted etc.
"Don't angry me," is the protagonist, Vikram Rathore's catchphrase (a homage to, Akshay intoned, some more colourful dialogues of the 70s), which the actor subsequently revealed was pilfered from a man the director had met in real life.
As the penguins fled in terror, he intoned: "There's no real need for them to be alarmed, as these whales only eat fish."