minor key

noun

Definition of minor key

1 : a musical key or tonality in the minor mode
2 : a mood of melancholy or pathos
3 : a restrained manner : a small or limited scale the high moments of social life on the farm … are in a decidedly minor key— Don Murray art in Australia … reflected English traditions in a minor key— Bernard Smith

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“Minor key.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minor%20key. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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