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subdue
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Crime and Punishment
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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • He held out his hand and shook hands, still apparently making desperate efforts to subdue his mirth and utter a few words to introduce himself.

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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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unspecified meaning
  • Exactly twenty minutes after Razumihin’s departure, there came two subdued but hurried knocks at the door: he had come back.

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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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