lowkey

low-key

[loh-kee]
adjective Also, low-keyed.
1.
of reduced intensity; restrained; understated.
2.
(of a photograph) having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from high-key ).
verb (used with object), low-keyed, low-keying.
3.
to make or attempt to make low-key: to low-key the arms buildup.

Origin:
1890–95

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low-key or low-keyed
 
adj
1.  having a low intensity or tone
2.  restrained, subdued, or understated
3.  Compare high-key (of a photograph, painting, etc) having a predominance of dark grey tones or dark colours with few highlights
 
low-keyed or low-keyed
 
adj

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