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subdue
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Gulliver's Travels
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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • Once I was strongly bent upon resistance, for, while I had liberty the whole strength of that empire could hardly subdue me, and I might easily with stones pelt the metropolis to pieces; but I soon rejected that project with horror, by remembering the oath I had made to the emperor, the favours I received from him, and the high title of nardac he conferred upon me.

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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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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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