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[hahy-tohnd] /ˈhaɪˈtoʊnd/

having high principles; dignified.
having or aspiring to good taste, high standards, or refinement:
He writes for a high-toned literary review.
affectedly stylish or genteel.
having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
affectedly superior
high in tone

1779 of musical pitch, 1807 of morality, from high (adj.) + tone.


Very refined and genteel; aloof and superior; tony: Look at the high-tony bum

[1888+; the term had meant ”excellent, superior” by 1855]


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