Adjective "keynote" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A prevailing tone or central theme.
  1. 'The buzz of menace the incident initially transmits, though, sounds a keynote.'
  2. 'The keynote for the tone of the series was a credible representation of the lives of its three central characters.'
  3. 'There were keynote addresses, and smaller seminars and workshops.'
  4. 'This is the keynote, leading to a prolonged examination of how writers have used narrative technique in order to provide aspects of what we guess about consciousness.'
  5. 'Individuality, as everywhere in the castle, is the keynote.'
  6. 'He was attending an event in Hong Kong where he delivered a keynote speech.'
  7. 'The eight keynote presentations were enthusiastically received by the more than 600 conference delegates.'
  8. 'Curiously, for a politician who made much of the fact that what happened in the rest of the world was not always Washington's concern, diplomacy has been the keynote of his first months in office.'
  9. 'More than that, though, it has laid a marker for a style of game which has innovation, pace and persistence as its keynotes.'
  10. 'She is a successful, nationally recognized conference keynote speaker and entertainer.'
  11. 'he delivered the keynote address'
  12. 'In less than three years he's become a national figure, visiting 300 organisations and giving 150 keynote speeches.'
  13. 'The humble-sounding Tory leader, in his keynote speech to the party conference in Bournemouth, pledged to make accountability his watchword and said they could deliver.'
  14. 'In his keynote speech to conference on Tuesday, Mr Howard pressed all the right buttons.'
  15. 'The shadow chancellor used his keynote speech at the conference to lay to rest calls for the party to differentiate itself from Labour by outlining a timetable for lower taxation.'
  16. 'The conference was mostly composed of panel discussions and keynote speeches.'
  17. 'The prime minister used his keynote speech at Labour's spring conference in Gateshead to acknowledge it was largely his fault that his bond with the public had frayed.'
  18. 'I was there to give the keynote speech at a conference on petroleum, and I've had certain influence in the area recently.'
  19. 'Following a series of keynote speeches, delegates took part in workshops discussing the issue.'
  20. 'The first one would be like a first draft of a Progressive Democrat conference keynote speech, and the second is like a homily from a stern and admonishing bishop.'
  21. 'She admitted to being nervous about delivering this particular keynote speech.'
The note on which a key is based.
  1. 'All three forms have in common the flattened third scale degree, producing a characteristic minor 3rd with the keynote.'
  2. 'In every type of musical scale, the notes progress in a series of intervals from a keynote to the octave above or below.'

More definitions

1. Music. the note or tone on which a key or system of tones is founded; the tonic.

2. the main idea or central principle of a speech, program, thought, action, etc.

3. the policy line to be followed, as by a party in a political campaign, that is set forth authoritatively in advance by an address or other formal announcement.

4. keynote address. verb (used with object), keynoted, keynoting.

5. to announce the policy of (a political party, campaign, assembly, etc.); deliver a keyn

More examples(as adjective)

"speeches can be keynote."

"addresses can be keynote."

"speakers can be keynote."

"warnings can be keynote."

"evenings can be keynote."

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