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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • And now, as I close my task, subduing my desire to linger yet, these faces fade away.
  • That the engrossing object of— HEEP — was, next to gain, to subdue Mr. and Miss W. (of his ulterior views in reference to the latter I say nothing) entirely to 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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  • So my mother suspected, at least, as she observed her by the low glimmer of the fire: too much scared by Miss Betsey, too uneasy in herself, and too subdued and bewildered altogether, to observe anything very clearly, or to know what to say.
  • As they had spoken in a subdued tone, while speaking of Em’ly, I had no doubt that she was near.

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  • It was always earnest; but when it was very earnest, as it was now, there was a thrill in it that quite subdued me.
  • So Mrs. Gummidge did it; and, I am sorry to relate, cast a damp upon the festive character of our departure, by immediately bursting into tears, and sinking subdued into the arms of Ham, with the declaration that she knowed she was a burden, and had better be carried to the House at once.
  • He walked across the room, and came back to the same place; holding the chair with a grasp that trembled, like his subdued voice, in its earnestness.
  • She had chained it up again, and however it might tear her within, she subdued it to herself.
  • ’I suppose she was to be subdued and broken to their detestable mould, Heaven help her!’ said I. ’And she has been.’
  • And though it is terrible to you to hear,’ said Mr. Wickfield, quite subdued, ’if you knew how terrible it is for me to tell, you would feel compassion for me!’
  • Deeply affected, and changed in a moment to the image of despair, Mr. Micawber regarded the serpents with a look of gloomy abhorrence (in which his late admiration of them was not quite subdued), folded them up and put them in his pocket.
  • My poor little wife was in such affliction when she thought I should be annoyed, and in such a state of joy when she found I was not, that the discomfiture I had subdued, very soon vanished, and we passed a happy evening; Dora sitting with her arm on my chair while Traddles and I discussed a glass of wine, and taking every opportunity of whispering in my ear that it was so good of me not to be a cruel, cross old boy.

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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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