■ WAY OF SAYING SOMETHING】[singular] formal. △an amount of a feeling that you can see in the way someone speaks, writes, paints etc
- a strain of bitterness in Young's later work.
- There was a strain of bitterness in his voice.
- this cynical strain in the book.
- 7(a). The tone, tenor, or substance of a verbal utterance or of a particular action or behavior: spoke in a passionate strain.
- 7(b). A prevailing quality, as of attitude or behavior.
..... LDOCE, COBUILD, The American Heritage