high-toned


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high-toned

(hī′tōnd′)
adj.
1. Intellectually, morally, or socially superior.
2. Fashionable or pretentious: a high-toned restaurant.

high-toned

adj
1. having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
2. affectedly superior
3. high in tone

high′-toned′

or high′-tone′,



adj.
1. having high principles; dignified.
2. having or aspiring to good taste, high standards, or refinement: a high-toned literary review.
3. affectedly stylish or genteel.
[1770–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.high-toned - pretentiously elegant; "a high-toned restaurant"
elegant - refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style; "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"
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You've got to be swell and high-toned in the Land of Oz, whether you want to or not; so you may as well make up your mind to it.
I guess you're right," she said regretfully; "but we're helpless victims of high-toned royalty.
Rather stylish and high-toned for a stenographer, I'd say.
A pretty idea she must have of him, a girl that was too high-toned to have anything to do with a good-looking, gentlemanly fellow like Morrison.
He said, some of it, but the rest was out of pirate-books and robber-books, and every gang that was high-toned had it.
In your quality of a high-toned sharper, you will not have to pay the taxes on mud, or the poor, or lanterns, to which the bourgeois of Paris are subject.
They will counterfeit a fly, or a high-toned bug, or the ruined Coliseum, within the cramped circle of a breastpin, and do it so deftly and so neatly that any man might think a master painted it.
With Hazel an' Hattie an' Saxon an' Possum, an' yours truly, an' this high-toned wagon, folks most likely take us for millionaires out on a lark.
You see, boys, I dropped in there the other night, when some of you fellers was doin' the high-toned 'thankee, marm' business in the parlor.
This ornate, high-toned morality tale flirts dangerously with melodrama but achieves real stature thanks to the accomplished, poetic language circling the trip-wire topics of oppression and submission.
Sitcom super-producer Marta Kauffman and composer Michael Skloff recently ended their 30-plus-year marriage and subsequently put their long-time home in the high-toned heart of Los Angeles's Hancock Park up for grabs, with an off-market asking price just shy of $8.
A high-toned whistleblowing thriller, whatever its faults it's heartening that a film like this gets made at all.