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1  —as in:
subdue opposition
Definition to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
subdue = control or put down by force or intimidation
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The government subdued the uprising.
  • subdued = controlled or put down by force or intimidation
  • "Ladies and gentlemen," one of the guards called, "the rebels have been subdued."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • subdued = brought under control
  • The fever was subdued; the fever had been his complaint; of course he would soon be well again.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • subdued = overcome (brought under control)
  • When her old self can be manifest without any controlling force subduing or restraining her, or inciting her to action.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • subduing = bringing under control
  • Slim gazed at him for a moment and then looked down at his hands; he subdued one hand with the other, and held it down.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • subdued = brought under control
  • Subdued, I fixed my attention upon Reverend Sykes, who seemed to be waiting for me to settle down.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • subdued = under control
  • Those who were aware that a ship had passed the island while the fire was out were subdued by the thought of Ralph's anger; while those, including the littluns who did not know, were impressed by the general air of solemnity.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • subdued = made quiet
  • My instinct was to worship, to venerate. That was how I felt toward the whole city: that it should be behind glass, adored from a distance, never touched, never altered. My companions moved through the city differently, aware of its significance but not subdued by it.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • subdued = made quiet
  • It took less than forty-eight hours to subdue the city.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
subdue = control or put down by force or intimidation

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2  —as in:
subdued colors
Definition 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.
subdued = of low intensity
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She was very upset this morning, but was more subdued and thoughtful when we talked this afternoon.
  • subdued = of low intensity
  • Two days later, when I arrived for our next meeting, he was subdued.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • subdued = calm (of low intensity)
  • When I reach the limb that supports the nest, the humming becomes more distinctive. But it's still oddly subdued if these are tracker jackers.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • subdued = mild
  • The assembly murmured in subdued agreement.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • subdued = quiet (of low intensity)
  • "By the way," he said in an even more subdued voice, "we aren't going to talk about this."
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • subdued = mild
  • Bep is also very subdued.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • subdued = quiet
  • 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
  • subdued = quiet
  • The meal's subdued.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • subdued = quiet (of low intensity)
  • The demeanour of the black-uniformed men suddenly became more subdued.
    George Orwell  --  1984
subdued = less intense

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