Etymology
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undertone (n.)

1762, "low or subdued tone," from under + tone (n.). Figurative sense of "undercurrent of feelings, etc.," is attested from 1861.

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Definitions of undertone

undertone (n.)
a quiet or hushed tone of voice;
spoke in undertones
undertone (n.)
a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning;
Synonyms: undercurrent
undertone (n.)
a pale or subdued color;
Synonyms: tinge
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