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high-toned

or high-tone

[hahy-tohnd]
adjective
  1. having high principles; dignified.
  2. having or aspiring to good taste, high standards, or refinement: He writes for a high-toned literary review.
  3. 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
  1. having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
  2. affectedly superior
  3. high in tone
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Word Origin and History for high-toned

adj.

1779 of musical pitch, 1807 of morality, from high (adj.) + tone.

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