Tone Term Assignment
You will be given a term that can be used to describe rhetorical tone. Once assigned, prepare and post an entry for our AP Wikiwords in APWikiwarriors. Be sure to paste your entry in alphabetical order. 6 pts. Due Tues. Feb 21st
  • The Word and its part of speech (may be more than one)
  • Pronunciation: phonetic spelling or pronunciation sound link (if already there, be sure it works)
  • Complete definition(s): These can be copied and pasted from
  • Dictionary sample sentence.
  • Image that is representative of the word and its meaning.
  • Memory tip.

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[ad-mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
tending or serving to admonish; warning: an admonitory gesture.
The admonitory tone served as a caution to the readers that there was a lesson to be learned.
Admonitory starts with ad and audio warning system starts with ad so admonitory means a warning.

Incendiary adjective
2. Likely to catch fire: able to catch fire spontaneously or cause a fire easily.
3. Inciting civil unrest: designed or likely to cause civil unrest.
Tonight's show â incidentally their biggest UK headline gig to date â is a particularly incendiary affair.
Incendiary sounds like incite: which means to instigate and excite.. like sticks catching fire.

Pretentious- Alex Gorsuch

  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Pronunciation: [pri-ten-shuhs]
  • Definition: characterized by assumption of dignity or importance.
  • Sentence: “As refined fare serves a hungry man as well as and no better than coarser food, the more pretentious artist will not dream of inviting the hungry man to his meal.”- Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Memory Tip: Pretentious is about pretending to be more than you are.
  • Picture
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These zombies are pretentious because they are thinking they are higher than they really are in society.

1. commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: aprosaic mind.
2. of or having the character or form of prose rather than poetry.
Sentence: Most students would find all of this rather prosaic not to say archaic.
Memory Tip: Prose means to talk tediously, and if you're listening to someone talk tediously it will be dull. Listening to the teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a good example of someone who would have a prosaic tone when talking.
Caila Brander

Sanguine, adjective

  • Pronunciation: [sang-gwin]
  • Definition: cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident
  • Dictionary sample sentence: Sanguinetemperament was disclosed in the deep color of his cheeks.
  • Image:

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  • Memory tip: ‘sangre’ means blood in English, and when someone’s cheeks are red-tinged and there is a light in their eye it indicates a sanguine disposition.
Katherine Hepler

Sentimental- adj \ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-təl\

1. a : marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism
b : resulting from feeling rather than reason or thought <asentimental attachment> <a sentimental favorite>
2. : having an excess of sentiment or sensibility

Sample Sentence
He has a sentimental attachment to his old high school

Memory Tip: A sentiment is an attitude or thought, so being sentimental is having deep thought and feelings.
Deanna Olson

Spartan, adjective

Pronunciation: [spahr-tn]
  • A person of great courage and self-discipline
  • Brave; undaunted
  • Very strict or austere
  • A native or inhabitant of ancient Sparta
Sample sentence: He kept joking about issuing a Tactical Directive to his wife, Annie, about his famously spartan lifestyle of early morning physical training and eating one meal a day.

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Memory tip: Spartans had a strict workout routine. How else did Leonidas get abs like that? Spartans were also brave. Think about how courageous the 300 Spartans that fought against the Persians at Thermopylae were.
- Michael Guo

Staid: adjective

pronunciation: [steyd]
of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.
2.fixed, settled, or permanent
sample sentence:
H was a very staid person.
That rock had a staid appearance.
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when a person is staid, they tend to stay put.


1. given to whimsy or fanciful notions
2. of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy
3. erratic, unpredictable
(whimsy: odd or fanciful notion, capricious humor or disposition, extravagant)
Dictionary Sample Sentence:
1. He was too whimsical with regard to his work.
2. He was a pixyish, whimsical fellow.
(Whimsical cakes refer to any creatively decorated cake, but usually tilted cakes that appear as though they could fall over at any minute. Often completed with bright colors and patterns)
Memory Tip:the saying “goes off on a whim” is used to describe someone that does something sudden or odd. So think of the “whim” part of “whimsical” and remember the saying to help aid in the definition.
-Anna Fritz

1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.
2. belonging to the select few.
3. private; secret; confidential.
4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended tobe revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras.

Sample Sentence: In any event, the debate is really rather esoteric andnon-pertainingtoanythingelse
Memory Tip: eso- is kind of like iso- which means individual. And esoteric is something only understood by a few individuals.
-Mitch Styczynski

Bantering (verb) [ban-ter-ing]
Definition: Exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery
Sample Sentence: The friends bantered about who should have won the game.
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Memory Tip: Banter is like Barter. You ‘banter’ when you ‘barter’.
-Srishti Goel