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minor key

noun, Music.
a key or mode based on a minor scale.
a less jubilant or more restrained mood, atmosphere, or quality:
The conversation shifted to a minor key with news of the defeat.
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1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And then, turning into the fourth page, she came on a passage which checked all minor-key reflections instantly.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for minor-key

minor key

(music) a key based on notes taken from a corresponding minor scale
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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