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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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.
His cool, neg ligent undertone had no inflexions, but the strength of a powerful emotion made him ramble in his speech.
"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.
She even stroked it a little, fondly, with the other hand, murmuring in an undertone, "Pauvre cherie."
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.
"No, no," continued Danglars; "if we resolve on such a step, it would be much better to take, as I now do, this pen, dip it into this ink, and write with the left hand (that the writing may not be recognized) the denunciation we propose." And Danglars, uniting practice with theory, wrote with his left hand, and in a writing reversed from his usual style, and totally unlike it, the following lines, which he handed to Fernand, and which Fernand read in an undertone: --
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:
The Undertones would go from strength to strength until 1983 when Feargal Sharkey left the band, later vowing never to perform with them again.
e Undertones have more recently released two albums and perform regularly at music festivals around the world.