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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
  • The government subdued the uprising.

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  • It took less than forty-eight hours to subdue the city.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Downstairs, I find my mother and Prim tending to a subdued Gale.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "About trying to subdue things in the districts," he says.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • She attempts to subdue me by putting her hands on my shoulders, but I spin away from her.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • I think his original plan was to subdue me and kidnap me and let it look like a runaway-wife thing, because when I wake up, he’s just finished mopping the blood in the kitchen, and he’s straightened the table of little antique ornaments that fell over when I ran to the kitchen.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But we have to subdue the anger and squash the ideas of usurping power quickly, before they unite and undo our great nation.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Can’t subdue my nausea.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • They worry that if a person gets upset or becomes violent, being uncuffed will make him or her harder to subdue.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • Fellow officers who were trying to subdue him would never have considered waking up the English.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • It not only reduces the pain but it subdues the nausea.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Unless you can subdue her, the rift between Greek and Roman can never be healed.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • "I’m not entirely sure the Scots realize they lost that one," I interrupted, sitting up and trying to subdue my hair.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Just something to subdue this confusion.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • A group of men would figure out how to overpower the Bird, who was quite fit and would be difficult to subdue.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Graceful and unhurried, as if unaware of the chaos around them, they set about subduing the panicking Smokies.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • He trembled with the desire to conquer and subdue.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • It took us three days to subdue them, and even then we had to call in heavy air support to enable us to get out.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "Horse! Horse!" Miss Violet tried to subdue him.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • I fear, Sam, that they believe your master has a deadly wound that will subdue him to their will.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Evening only strengthened the wind, instead of subduing it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • When her old self can be manifest without any controlling force subduing or restraining her, or inciting her to action.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I have only two adversaries—I will not say two conquerors, for with perseverance I subdue even them,—they are time and distance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mama Elena took comfort in the hope that she had finally managed to subdue her youngest daughter.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • They walked three times around the lake, trying all the way to think of a simple spell that would subdue a dragon.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Those humans who were aware of us before insertion are more difficult to subdue.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The generals would have known better how to subdue a raging jabberwock than a mourning child.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • 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.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • To subdue it.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • If they could do something only Beckendorf could do, if they could subdue the dragon without killing it, then maybe their curse would be lifted.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Numbers would subdue even magic.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • ’And who showed you up into this room?’ he continued, crushing his nails into his palms, and grinding his teeth to subdue the maxillary convulsions.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • She was the living spirit of love to soften and attract; I might have become sullen in my study, rought through the ardour of my nature, but that she was there to subdue me to a semblance of her own gentleness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I feel in Diana’s posture the grace and freedom of the forest and the spirit that tames the mountain lion and subdues the fiercest passions.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • We haven’t met Hairy Jack yet,’ Rosalind told her, with subduing effect.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The box with the baits was under the stern of the skiff along with the club that was used to subdue the big fish when they were brought alongside.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • 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.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He wished to subdue this woman in his own name; and as this vengeance appeared to him to have a certain sweetness in it, he could not make up his mind to renounce it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He resolved that nobody should be witness of his encounter with Tom; and determined, if he could not subdue him by bullying, to defer his vengeance, to be wreaked in a more convenient season.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • We were passing over the shades whom the heavy rain subdues, and were setting our feet upon their vain show that seems a body.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The soldiers threw themselves at him in an attempt to subdue him through sheer numbers, but to no avail: Katrina was in danger, and he was invincible.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But my father needs permission only from the Saviour, who obviously is all in favor of subduing the untamed wilderness for a garden.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • All alike had come to Nebraska with little capital and no knowledge of the soil they must subdue.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • How simple it was to subdue the Bene Gesserit.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Poor Jo tried desperately to be good, but her bosom enemy was always ready to flame up and defeat her, and it took years of patient effort to subdue it.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • 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.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The note of authority in his voice seemed to subdue her, and when he had jumped from the sleigh she let him help her out, saying only, with a vague feint of reluctance: "But there isn’t a sled round anywheres."
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • With the help of an off-duty sanitation worker, Goetz managed to subdue one of his three attackers.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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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
  • I prefer a restaurant that lends itself to subdued conversation.
  • She was very upset this morning, but was more subdued and thoughtful when we talked this afternoon.

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  • The meal’s subdued.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • So subdued, in fact, that there are long periods of silence relieved only by the removal of old dishes and presentation of new ones.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
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  • She walked quietly with him to the cabin, unusually subdued.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Sensing the unease in the household, even my brothers were subdued.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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  • The sitting room is subdued, symmetrical; it’s one of the shapes money takes when it freezes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • "Thank you," he said, his voice subdued.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • If he subdued a part, the rest would oppose and overpower him.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The fields and woods were shut in under it, emptied and subdued.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • I’m just a thing to be subdued, used, and discarded.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Mom subdued him pretty easily by promising he could sign up for hockey, something he wanted to do in Texas.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • The children were subdued, passive, and exceedingly polite.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He knew that meant their mutiny had been short-lived, all three of them subdued in less than a minute.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • "They weren’t sending enough people through," Clary said in a subdued tone.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Even the fire seemed subdued when they took a breath.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Chiron himself, again in full centaur form, stood at the head table, sipping his bug juice as he chatted with two satyrs, but their mood was subdued.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • On the drive home, Abby was unusually subdued.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • ’I must and shall!’ he replied in a subdued voice.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • A subdued impassioned murmur was audible in the room beyond, and Miss Baker leaned forward unashamed, trying to hear.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Mr Dedalus said in subdued wonder.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Let us to the great supper: their cheer is the greater that I am subdued.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • "Dolly!" he said in a subdued and timid voice.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The mechanic and the two work-girls examined him point by point before resuming their conversation in a subdued voice.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • When she passed the corner a subdued exclamation was heard inside the wall.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • [rising and expanding with subdued but gushing delight] Then we are all agreed; and my dear father’s will is to be carried out.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The jailer saw by his tone he would be happy to die; and as every prisoner is worth ten sous a day to his jailer, he replied in a more subdued tone.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A subdued slam above told that the door of the east gable had been shut with equal vehemence.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Mrs. Gunch squeaked, and they jumped with unnatural jocularity, but at Frink’s hiss they sank into subdued awe.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She was looking at him silently, respectfully, her joyous eagerness toned down, her eyes subdued.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • "Yes, I approve of it," Ivan assented, in a subdued but firm voice.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • ’Well, maybe it is true,’ Clevinger conceded unwillingly in a subdued tone.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Bep is also very subdued.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The packaging on the products lining these shelves was more subdued.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Light comes from the street windows off right, the gray subdued light of early morning in a narrow street.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Nowadays, Garden City, which was once a rather raucous frontier town, is quite subdued.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • All her bounding manner was gone; her curves of motion had become subdued lines.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He subdued it, took up the candle, and examined the room.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Our ferocious bulls, subdued enough by this time, were probably warming each other’s backs.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • There was a subdued debate.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Colours and beauties so far subdued were, at least, the birthright of all.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The latter talked in a subdued tone, telling the little she knew about it, while Hanson concerned himself with the baby.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • In fact, the eighty-five citizens gathered there seemed strangely subdued and contemplative.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Her dress was always subdued.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Perhaps he stood in an animated wrangle with one of the citizens—or held a subdued conversation with his young pupil Plato.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But being a sensible woman, she subdued her terrors and turned over and went to sleep again.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • I watched them take their seats, noting the subdued and reverent air, the uncertain anticipation.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Despite her rants against him when he wasn’t around, Nana was subdued and mannerly when Jalil visited.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • "I must announce-" The hum of electric typewriters and subdued conversations drowned out her words.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The priest headed east on Salisbury Road until he reached the Peninsula Hotel, whose subdued elegance was losing the battle with its surroundings.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Even Ashe seemed a little subdued.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • I parked in the last row and hurried to English, arriving breathless, but subdued, before the final bell.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Most of its stories are composed in a minor key, a tone of subdued pathos—pathos marking both the nature and limit of Anderson’s talent.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • I came out of the Federal Building feeling subdued yet not really unhappy.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
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