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undertone

noun [C] (CHARACTERISTIC)    /ˈʌn.də.təʊn/ US  /-dɚ.toʊn/
a particular but not obvious characteristic that a piece of writing or speech, an event, or a situation has: I thought her speech had slightly sinister undertones. It was a comedy act with an undertone of cruelty.Conditions and characteristics
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