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subdue
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

7 uses
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1  —2 uses
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
  • The kiss had obviously done harm by awakening feelings they were trying to subdue.
    4 — The Consequence (86% in)
  • He was pale, even tremulous; but, as before, she was appalled by the determination revealed in the depths of this gentle being she had married—the will to subdue the grosser to the subtler emotion, the substance to the conception, the flesh to the spirit.
    5 — The Woman Pays (24% in)

There are no more uses of "subdue" flagged with this meaning in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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?  —5 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • On the sheltered side was a turnip-slicing machine, whose bright blue hue of new paint seemed almost vocal in the otherwise subdued scene.
    6 — The Convert (14% in)
  • Far behind the corner of the house—which rose like a geranium bloom against the subdued colours around—stretched the soft azure landscape of The Chase—a truly venerable tract of forest land, one of the few remaining woodlands in England of undoubted primaeval date, wherein Druidical mistletoe was still found on aged oaks, and where enormous yew-trees, not planted by the hand of man grew as they had grown when they were pollarded for bows.
    1 — The Maiden (45% in)
  • Her mother was subdued.
    2 — Maiden No More (30% in)
  • There was something subdued in Jonathan Kail's tone which had not been there in the day, and lines of concern were ploughed upon his forehead in addition to the lines of years.
    4 — The Consequence (94% in)
  • The inferior man was quiet in him now; but it was surely not extracted, nor even entirely subdued.
    6 — The Convert (8% in)

There are no more uses of "subdue" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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