undertone

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a subtle quality underlying or felt to underlie a situation, action, or person

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a quiet or hushed tone of voice

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a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance

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a pale or subdued color

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Broad mirth, in the sacred presence of dark misfortune, would have jarred harshly and irreverently with the solemn symphony that rolled its undertone through Hepzibah's and her brother's life.
It was this profound and continual undertone that gave the clergyman his most appropriate power.
he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
Lady Brandon spoke in an undertone, as if someone lay dead in the next room.
And he added in an undertone to the Queen, `Really, my dear, YOU must cross-examine the next witness.
Robin could not help feeling an undertone of sadness that it was to be the last; for the charm of the woodland was still upon him.
Ferfitchkin began in an undertone, indicating me to Simonov, but he broke off, for even Simonov was embarrassed.
Besides, we are men; and everything considered, it is our lot to risk our lives; but she," asked he, in an undertone.
Villagers never swarm: a whisper is unknown among them, and they seem almost as incapable of an undertone as a cow or a stag.
The Conspirators returned to their seats, and continued their conversation in an undertone, so as not to be heard by Uggug, who was still standing at the window.
Be indulgent, Raoul," said De Guiche, in an undertone.
Willarski, stepping toward him, said something to him in French in an undertone and then went up to a small wardrobe in which Pierre noticed garments such as he had never seen before.
Cadwallader in an undertone, seeing the gentlemen enter.
Miss Morstan and I chatted in an undertone about our present expedition and its possible outcome, but our companion maintained his impenetrable reserve until the end of our journey.
said Joe, adding in an undertone as he approached him again, 'You'll come in for it presently, I know you will