[ hahy-tohnd ]
/ ˈhaɪˈtoʊnd /
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-tone
having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
high in tone
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Word Origin and History for high-tone
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