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  • nounessence, theme
  • nountheme

synonyms for keynotes

  • basic idea
  • basis
  • center
  • core
  • cornerstone
  • criterion
  • crux
  • gist
  • heart
  • idea
  • kernel
  • linchpin
  • mainspring
  • marrow
  • measure
  • motive
  • nub
  • pith
  • principle
  • root
  • source
  • spring
  • standard
  • substance
  • kernel
  • heart
  • essence
  • idea
  • motive
  • measure
  • nub
  • basis
  • source
  • keystone
  • spring
  • criterion
  • core
  • gist
  • standard
  • crux
  • marrow
  • cornerstone
  • substance
  • center
  • pith
  • principle
  • root
  • mainspring
  • linchpin
  • basic idea
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Poverty and misery were the keynotes here, rather than the evil half-world the drummer had babbled about.
POLICE YOUR PLANETLESTER DEL REY
Indeed the word "lie" is one of the keynotes of these prophecies.
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE: THE BOOK OF JEREMIAHWILLIAM HENRY BENNETT
True womanhood and clean life are still the keynotes of the great majority of Canadian homes.
THROUGH THE MACKENZIE BASINCHARLES MAIR
The keynote of success in any line of life, or one of the great keynotes, must be forethought and foresight.
THE FIGHT FOR CONSERVATIONGIFFORD PINCHOT
Ardor, effort, progress, are the keynotes of life from youth to age.
SELECTIONS FROM THE POEMS AND PLAYS OF ROBERT BROWNINGROBERT BROWNING
Stern triumph in the punitive manifestations of God's rule, and keen sense of the need of such, are its keynotes.
THE EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE: THE PSALMS, VOL. 2ALEXANDER MACLAREN
She never speaks harshly to tradespeople or to servants; gentleness and reserve are the very keynotes of her manner.
BOOK OF ETIQUETTELILLIAN EICHLER
It has been well said that the words "Utility and Progress" give the keynotes of Bacon's teachings.
HERESY: ITS UTILITY AND MORALITYCHARLES BRADLAUGH
Phrases are the keynotes to life; they set the tune to which men insensibly shape their course, and so rule us for good and ill.
THE BETH BOOKSARAH GRAND
In which, again, Ramona was unconsciously striking one of the keynotes of pleasure in the primitive harmonies of existence.
RAMONAHELEN HUNT JACKSON
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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