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subdue
used in Lord of the Flies

2 meanings, 2 uses
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1  —1 use
verb as in: subdued the opposition
Definition
to control, prevent, or make less intense — sometimes through force
The exact meaning of subdue depends upon its context. For example:
  • "subdued a nation" — defeated militarily and brought under control
  • "subdued the fever" — made it less intense or defeated it
  • "subdued her enthusiasm" — made it less intense
  • "subdued her fears" — made them less intense or overcame them
  • "subdued my emotions" — kept them under control
  • "subdued the crowd" — quieted or controlled it
  • 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.
    p. 78.7
subdued = made quiet
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2  —1 use
adjective as in: subdued colors
Definition
not intense, or less active
The exact meaning of subdued depends upon its context. For example:
  • "subdued colors" — not too bright (soft, not intense)
  • "a subdued voice" — quiet; perhaps whispered
  • "a subdued mood" — quiet and less active; perhaps a bit sad or thoughtful
  • "subdued summer activity" — less active or busy than normal
  • The assembly murmured in subdued agreement.
    p. 85.4
subdued = quiet (of low intensity)
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