undertone

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undertone ‎(plural undertones)

  1. an auditory tone of low pitch or volume
  2. an implicit message perceived subtly alongside, but not detracting noticeably from, the explicit message conveyed in or by a book, film, verbal dialogue or similar (contrast with overtone); an undercurrent
  3. a pale colour, or one seen underneath another colour

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undertone ‎(third-person singular simple present undertones, present participle undertoning, simple past and past participle undertoned)

  1. to present as less important, noticeable or prominent
    • 1866, {unattributed}, Littell's Living Age - Volume 88 - Page 427
      Men rarely make this mistake, their habitual blunder being to undertone everything, to make too light of Julia's new frock, and Johnnie's symptoms of measles, and the way they waste things down stairs.

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