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untune

[uhn-toon, -tyoon] /ʌnˈtun, -ˈtyun/
verb (used with object), untuned, untuning.
1.
to render or cause to become out of tune:
Changes in weather can untune a violin.
2.
to discompose; upset, as the mind or emotions.
Origin of untune
1590-1600
1590-1600; un-2 + tune
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  • Then again the voice of Peter Altmaar was heard, now ringing false like an untuned fiddle.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Music itself was untuned, corrupted, and returning to chaos.

  • It is as though the jar given to the nervous system had untuned us for the entire world, and all things come amiss.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Like untuned golden strings all women are, Which long time lie untouched, will harshly jar.

    Hero and Leander Christopher Marlowe
  • When he came up, he saluted them in a harsh and untuned voice, but with a civil air.

    The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Again and again that shout arose, till the wild birds rose screaming over our heads, in untuned, yet exciting chorus.

    The Days of Bruce Vol 1 Grace Aguilar
  • Her voice shrilled suddenly loud and harsh, like an untuned string under the bow.

    An Alabaster Box Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley

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