from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A low or subdued note; an undertone.


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  • I wasn't sure how the carrot-vanilla thing would go, but the carrots didn't have the bitter undernote some carrots do, so it was really quite fine.

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  • My friend Christie Ridgway was born to write romantic comedies with a piercing undernote.

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  • The wild hysteria of the mob rocketed from wall to wall of Lakkdarol's narrow streets and the storming of heavy boots over the slag-red pavement made an ominous undernote to that swelling bay, Shambleau!

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  • The undernote of Beeswax and the Lemongrass make for a match made in heaven!

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  • I started with a glass of excellent Marc Hebrart brut rosé and for dinner we had a bottle of Sancerre whose name I have already forgotten, even though it was quite good and had an interestingly dark and savory undernote.

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  • “I say,” he said now, laughing nervously, but with an undernote of snarl in his voice, “why on earth are you nipping my arm off, Horrocks, and dragging me along like this?”

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  • I will not be surprised to find some oakmoss in it either, though not in a chypre context but an oriental context, and perhaps some underlining spices that are subtle and are not meant to be recognized but rather create a warm undernote to support the rest of the scene.

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  • ‘How is Ms Sinclair?’ she asked with a steely undernote that should have abashed him.

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  • The general murmur of mind-noise began to grow up about her again, a varying pulse of life and psi energies, diminishing gradually with distance, arising from her companions, from animals on plain and mountain, with an undernote of the dimmer emanations of plants.

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  • The restructuring of state assets carries with it an important undernote of government seeking to ensure that its assets are well managed and are an effective utilisation of taxpayer money.

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