I want to describe someone rasing his voice but trying to keep it at a proper level at the same time so that he doesn’t lose his manner, and also because he knows somewhere deep down that what he stands up for isn’t entirely a truth.

What would that voice be like?

his raised but ____ voice

I’m thinking of “his raised but managed / constrained voice”... Does any of them sound suitable and natural? What word would you guys suggest?

  • Frankly I'd probably look for something besides a participial adjective, and instead try convey the nuance with a verb or maybe an adverb. No matter what you plug into the blank, the sentence will lack elegance. – Rob_Ster Dec 25 '17 at 11:34
  • Given your recent posts, I'm assuming you're attempting a work of fiction. Your nuanced description of the heightened emotion of a character tempered by social convention and insecurity about what he is about to say adds suspense and reveals a good bit of character. I'm dying to know what he's going to say. A phrase such as "raised but x voice," however, makes me want to suggest you hire a professional editor. Don't be afraid of spending some narrative time describing the nuances you want read into the man's voice, then tell your readers what he wants to say. Such a strategy adds a good deal o – KarlG Dec 25 '17 at 11:37

Consider measured:

measured adjective 1.1 (of speech or writing) carefully considered and restrained. ‘He was the same old Riley, with the tender brown eyes and the soft and measured voice, impeccable dress, and perfect hair.’ - ODO

This would communicate that although the voice was raised, the speaker was aware of reasonable limits and kept to them.

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    I think I prefer controlled or even moderated, but measured is suitable too. Plus one. – Dan Bron Dec 25 '17 at 15:00

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