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subdue
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • To me, with my nerves worked up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the vault.

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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
  • It had cleared in the morning, and the sun was shining with a subdued brightness through the dim veil which hangs over the great city.
  • About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so dearly.

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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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