Translation of underplay in Spanish:

underplay

Pronunciation: /ˌʌndərˈpleɪ; ˌʌndəˈpleɪ/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (play down) [importance] minimizar*; [danger/issue] quitarle or restarle importancia a
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    • ‘Only a fool would underplay the important role you played in our history,’ he said.
    • Oddly, the report tried to underplay these important factors.
    • More than anyone else, Bobby himself would wish to underplay his disability and to concentrate on his achievements, for that is really what is important to him.
    1.2 [Theater/Teatro] [part/scene] [ interpretar de manera contenida o sin el debido énfasis ]
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    • Despite its subject matter, the film is unsentimental and avoids the conventions of melodrama, with some of the most intense scenes being quietly underplayed and restrained.
    • In the title role, he underplays the part nicely.
    • The rest of the cast either underplays their role or overplays it to the point of being far too cartoonish.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.