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in a softened tone

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being or made softer or less loud or clear

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In Candide's mutedly optimistic conclusion, the metayers, after visiting the contented Turkish farmer, finally settle down, accept their human limitations and achieve a semblance of peace of mind.
Although it is not really fair to describe his endings as happy; they are, rather, mutedly optimistic.
While often mutedly displaying their traditional lineaments, Beckmann's more famous paintings--the tryptychs, the brazen self-portraits, the panels of mutilated and tortured figures--appear to be derived, not from the experiences of a particular religion or culture, but from a deep perpetual category of unregulated impulse that lies always beneath the veneer of culture.
Sensuous, earthy, yet mutedly spiritual and sometimes humorous, his works recall Japanese woodblock prints in their asymmetrical, spare compositions and careful craft, yet echo the fulsome shapes of Art Nouveau.
An American folk heritage burnished with but never overwhelmed by an 18-piece orchestra, leaving room for the mutedly introspective guitar, piano, pedal steel and mandolin to breathe deep.
Finished in 1919, this red-brick rectangle is dressed in pale stone, and its mutedly classical facades are dominated by a tower that tends towards abstraction, almost like an Arts and Crafts version of an Indian railway station.
There have been some popular views in the West, and thus the related set of claims to the effect that the West "won" the Cold War (routinely heard from conservative politicians, and more mutedly from socialists), and that the ethico-political end of history has been attained in the guise of Western liberal-market systems [12] (ideas expressed cogently by Francis Fukuyama [13] and, more sloppily by the vast array of globalization theorists [14]).
Vet helmet John Schlesinger treats the story mutedly, which helps keep matters from getting too maudlin.
Yet the most striking feature of the post-Los Angeles public debate has been the almost-total absence of an old-style radical interpretation, and the mutedly half-hearted character even of traditional liberal responses.
More mutedly and darkly, perhaps, but equally cogently, John Goodridge and Kelsey Thornton in a jointly authored chapter, and Adam Phillips and Nicholas Birns in individual contributions, focus upon the complex sense of threat that Clare felt - from fears of trespassing upon forbidden, enclosed ground (both physically and symbolically), through the oppositions between the power of noticing things and the insecurity of being noticed, to the secrets and secretiveness of a natural world that was never fully disclosed.
Other types of feminist theory, however, must be and in some cases have been, however mutedly, at work in the process of reform.
Generally, bookmakers have responded mutedly to England's 3-0 victory over Spain at Villa Park on Wednesday night.
Set against a mutedly glowing background, the head is almost a silhouette, upon which is cast a single beam of light that illumines an earlobe and the outer surface of one cheek and glints faintly on the tip of the nose.
It was comfortable, mutedly elegant and had a wonderful view of the Brent Cross shopping centre and the buzzing A5, Safeways, Toys R Us .
As the main participants urgently pursue their interests in the bloody aftermath, half of the major characters bite the dust, leading to a mutedly upbeat finale.