undertone

Part of speech: noun

A tone of lower pitch or loudness than is usual.

Part of speech: noun

A subdued shade of a color.

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Usage examples "undertone":

  1. Leo and Wanda had withdrawn into the deep recess of the centre window, and were talking eagerly, but in a low voice, while the Princess was also carrying on a conversation in an undertone with her brother. - "Under a Charm, Vol. II. (of III) A Novel", E. Werner.
  2. " Matter enough," said Peter in a guarded undertone. - "Captivating Mary Carstairs", Henry Sydnor Harrison.
  3. " We'll not get much of a story here," Jerry commented in an undertone. - "The Clock Strikes Thirteen", Mildred A. Wirt.