untune

VERB
  1. cause to be out of tune
    Don't untune that string!
  2. cause to lose one's composure
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How To Use untune In A Sentence

  • Drunken college students strum untuned strings and shout incoherent lyrics into flames of illegal campfires. Johnny Mercer's Pier
  • ‘Nor good neither, ’ answered Dominie Sampson, in a voice whose untuneable harshness corresponded with the awkwardness of his figure. Chapter III
  • The pianist had grand piano, harmonium, honky-tonk piano and celeste, and the percussionist had a range of tuned and untuned percussion.
  • Or of the serenades sung with a guitar which now lies mute, untuned. Watching Pablo Sleep
  • In "Music for Midsummer's Eve," time is an "untuned harmonium/That Muzaks our nights and days. Archive 2009-04-01
  • Truly, young gentlemen, though there was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was very untuneable. As You Like It
  • I was astonished to find it actually contained a load of Germans singing untunefully and then a strangely familiar man shouting ‘Heil!’
  • I think that the Star-Spangled Banner is untuneful, nearly unsingable, and usually played too slowly, so it loses what little character it had to begin with.
  • There is a sense, therefore, in which we must declare the principles to be two, and a sense in which they are three; a sense in which the contraries are the principles-say for example the musical and the unmusical, the hot and the cold, the tuned and the untuned-and a sense in which they are not, since it is impossible for the contraries to be acted on by each other. Physics
  • Nowhere are there particular untuneful or heavy sounds, though now and then the music comes with vehemence.
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