low-keyPronunciation: (lō'kē'), [key]
—adj., v., -keyed, -key•ing.
of reduced intensity; restrained; understated.
(of a photograph) having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from high-key
to make or attempt to make low-key: to low-key the arms buildup.
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