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At any rate, this is the keynote of the tragedy, which is struck again and again.

The persistent aim after perfection should be the keynote of every life.

Space will permit only the keynote of these courageous speeches.

It was the keynote of Greek architecture throughout its finest period.

An instrument on which the keynote is strummed to accompany singing.

But the keynote of these forenoon and evening sittings was money.

Not semper idem but semper alterum is the keynote of science.

They were the keynote of his gentle, studious, kindly, humorous nature.

The principle of unity of plan and composition is the keynote of Geoffroy's work.

For the last week monotony had been the keynote of our commissariat.

WORD ORIGIN

also key-note, "lowest note of a musical scale, basis of a scale," 1776, from key (n.1) in sense of "musical scale" + note (n.). Figurative sense of "leading idea" is from 1783; keynote address is 1905, American English.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR KEYNOTE

keynote address

nounmain speech of event
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