undertone


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undertone

a pale or subdued colour

undertone

1. A color modified by an underlying color, as in the effect of glazing over a thin film of paint.
2. A secondary color of a pigment which appears when it is diluted with a large amount of white.
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His answer, spoken in his usual dis passionate undertone, made it clear that it was so, but not precisely as flattering as I supposed.
He was suffering from my sus picion, and the low undertone of his voice made his protestations sound very pathetic.
"And that Hermann hates me, I know it!" he cried in his undertone, with a sudden recrudescence of anxiety.
"Why, Wakem is making himself particularly amiable to your cousin," said Stephen, in an undertone to Lucy; "is it pure magnanimity?
"I should think he is far from having a good constitution," said Lady Chettam, with a still deeper undertone. "And then his studies--so very dry, as you say."
The cronies nodded to each other, and Mr Parkes remarked in an undertone, shaking his head meanwhile as who should say, 'let no man contradict me, for I won't believe him,' that John Willet was in amazing force to-night, and fit to tackle a Chief Justice.
At dinner, as I offered him wine and beer he shook his head, and as I sat looking at him interrogatively, muttered in an undertone:
While they were talking in undertones the crack of a shot sounded from the low ground by the pond, a puff of white smoke appeared, then another, and the sound of hundreds of seemingly merry French voices shouting together came up from the slope.
For two vast days we struggled in undertones and wrestling contests.
There is not an excess of delicacy or chivalry in the ordinary country school, and several choice conundrums and bits of verse dealing with the Simpson affair were bandied about among the scholars, uttered always, be it said to their credit, in undertones, and when the Simpson children were not in the group.
SPAR Marquis Belrive Champagne, PS16, down from PS16, down from PS25.49, until PS25.49, until July 9 July 9 Clear and bright Clear and bright with delicate with delicate bubbles, this is abubbles, this is a very attractive very attractive wine full of wine full of green apple flavours with flavours with a subtle undertone of undertone of freshly baked freshly baked bread.
A deep currant shade--especially one that has a brownish undertone, just a hint of shimmer and touch of glossy texture--looks good on almost anyone.