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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • I felt pain, and then I felt ire; and then I felt a determination to subdue her — to be her mistress in spite both of her nature and her will.
  • I gazed on it with gloom and pain: nothing soft, nothing sweet, nothing pitying, or hopeful, or subduing did it inspire; only a grating anguish for HER woes — not MY loss — and a sombre tearless dismay at the fearfulness of death in such a form.

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  • No doubt he had invoked the help of the Holy Spirit to subdue the anger I had roused in him, and now believed he had forgiven me once more.
  • All men of talent, whether they be men of feeling or not; whether they be zealots, or aspirants, or despots — provided only they be sincere — have their sublime moments, when they subdue and rule.

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  • She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
  • The government subdued the uprising.

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  • I had given in allegiance to duty and order; I was quiet; I believed I was content: to the eyes of others, usually even to my own, I appeared a disciplined and subdued character.
  • Exhausted by emotion, my language was more subdued than it generally was when it developed that sad theme; and mindful of Helen’s warnings against the indulgence of resentment, I infused into the narrative far less of gall and wormwood than ordinary.

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  • What crime was this that lived incarnate in this sequestered mansion, and could neither be expelled nor subdued by the owner?
  • His softened voice announced that he was subdued; so I, in my turn, became calm.
  • For a moment they stood grouped together at the other extremity of the gallery, conversing in a key of sweet subdued vivacity: they then descended the staircase almost as noiselessly as a bright mist rolls down a hill.
  • My seat, to which Bessie and the bitter Miss Abbot had left me riveted, was a low ottoman near the marble chimney-piece; the bed rose before me; to my right hand there was the high, dark wardrobe, with subdued, broken reflections varying the gloss of its panels; to my left were the muffled windows; a great looking-glass between them repeated the vacant majesty of the bed and room.
  • To-morrow, I trust, I shall get the better of them partially; and in a few weeks, perhaps, they will be quite subdued.
  • A calm, subdued triumph, blent with a longing earnestness, marked his enunciation of the last glorious verses of that chapter.
  • He said this, in his peculiar, subdued, yet emphatic voice; looking, when he had ceased speaking, not at me, but at the setting sun, at which I looked too.
  • We were, as I have said, in the dining-room: the lustre, which had been lit for dinner, filled the room with a festal breadth of light; the large fire was all red and clear; the purple curtains hung rich and ample before the lofty window and loftier arch; everything was still, save the subdued chat of Adele (she dared not speak loud), and, filling up each pause, the beating of winter rain against the panes.

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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
as in: subdued colors Define
to reduce the intensity of something -- such as colors, light, conversation, or mood or in the form subdued: describing something of low intensity
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