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1. (Music, other) (intr) literary archaic to become discordant or out of tune
2. (Music, other) (tr) literary archaic to make out of tune or inharmonious
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(ʌnˈtun, -ˈtyun)

v.t. -tuned, -tun•ing.
1. to cause to become out of tune: a violin untuned by dampness.
2. to discompose; upset, as the mind or emotions.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.untune - cause to lose one's composureuntune - cause to lose one's composure  
arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise - call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
faze, unnerve, unsettle, enervate - disturb the composure of
dissolve - cause to lose control emotionally; "The news dissolved her into tears"
bemuse, discombobulate, bewilder, throw - cause to be confused emotionally
abash, embarrass - cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
anguish, pain, hurt - cause emotional anguish or make miserable; "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"
afflict - cause great unhappiness for; distress; "she was afflicted by the death of her parents"
2.untune - cause to be out of tuneuntune - cause to be out of tune; "Don't untune that string!"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
tune, tune up - adjust the pitches of (musical instruments); "My piano needs to be tuned"
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It is no more a shadowed/grey reality that India has been fomenting uproar in Pakistan by sponsored and well-trained terrorists to untune the latter's ethnic ideological moorings.
Shakespeare put it well when he warned against what happens with reckless change: "Untune that string/ And, hark, what discord follows!"
Take but degree away, untune that string, And hark what discord follows!
[...] [B]eing oblig'd to make his Sense intelligible, we are forc'd to untune our own Verses, that we may give his meaning to the Reader.
In Shakespeare's plays, the right rhythm of time can build both the life of a man and the life of society; to break this rhythm means to untune the music of life.
BOOKSELLER So wearied now by love's demands And all the chatter love evokes, You've chosen to untune your voice, To quit the Muse of magic sound, Reject the world and fashion's rites.
It was rather a case of 'Untune that string, and hark what discord follows.' He feared that the proposed liturgical changes, 'harmless in themselves', were a symptom of 'grave ill', and to prove it he quoted recent Protestant and Catholic writings published in hitherto reputable sources that contradicted basic Christian belief.
(3.2) (94) Anxiety about controlling the improvising clown or fool thus extends to concern that a player's initiative, individuality, and 'ambition' might not only wreck the play but could also untune the social harmony of the theatrical space.
philosophical play, "Take but degree away, untune that string, /