high-toned

[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.
Also, high-tone.


Origin:
1770–80

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

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Example sentences
As it is, it has a sort of high-toned perfunctoriness to it.
No, when you come down to it, they are props in a piece of high-toned silliness.
Likewise, the formality of a dark blue suit and tie is countered by the high-toned background.
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