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uhn der tohn

  • n  a quiet or hushed tone of voice
    spoke in undertones
  • n  a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
  • n  a pale or subdued color

  • But never pink, which is the most common undertone in white skins and white makeup.
  • It is, understandably, an explosive topic, one fraught with a blame-the-victim undertone that many people believe is thinly disguised racism.
  • a demand, but with an undertone of real fear.
News & Articles

  • Texas Football: 5 Biggest Challenges for Longhorns' Major Applewhite
    Every college football season is a make-or-break year for someone. For the Texas Longhorns, who are in their third year of a rebuild, virtually every coach is on a hot seat. Co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite , who will assume play-calling duties in the post-Bryan Harsin era, was the lead man in installing an up-tempo undertone to the Texas offense, a switch that may make a big enough ...
    June 9, 2013 - Bleacher Report

  • Fukushiro Nukaga in AFP
    I think the steady undertone of the world economy remains unchanged,Nukaga told reporters.
  • Vern Yip in WTOP
    Think about orange with a brown undertone,Yip says. "It's more sophisticated, as opposed to the really saturated, bright orange."
  • Lindsay Lohan in guardian.co.uk
    She [Knightley] kind of has a mysterious relationship with my lover,Lohan told MTV. "And then there's somewhat of a lesbian undertone."

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