Undertone


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Undertone

An implied meaning. Undertones may have detrimental effects on a business. For example, a newspaper may imply, but never directly state, that a company is cheating on its taxes. This may cause shareholders to sell their stock even if the undertones are not true.
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I should think he is far from having a good constitution," said Lady Chettam, with a still deeper undertone.
He was suffering from my sus picion, and the low undertone of his voice made his protestations sound very pathetic.
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.
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.
Why, Wakem is making himself particularly amiable to your cousin," said Stephen, in an undertone to Lucy; "is it pure magnanimity?
All day the people went about the castle with troubled faces, and communed together in undertones.
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.
For two vast days we struggled in undertones and wrestling contests.
In this way Clare persistently wooed her in undertones like that of the purling milk--at the cow's side, at skimmings, at butter-makings, at cheese-makings, among broody poultry, and among farrowing pigs--as no milkmaid was ever wooed before by such a man.
The Poonga-Poonga men gloated as usual, and as usual the Tahitians were shocked and angry, several of them cursing and muttering in undertones.
Brott was talking to her in smothered and eager undertones.