high-toned

or high-tone

[ hahy-tohnd ]
/ ˈhaɪˈtoʊnd /

adjective

having high principles; dignified.
having or aspiring to good taste, high standards, or refinement: He writes for a high-toned literary review.
affectedly stylish or genteel.

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Origin of high-toned

First recorded in 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for high-toned

high-toned

adjective

having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
affectedly superior
high in tone
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