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[ suhb-dood, -dyood ]
/ səbˈdud, -ˈdyud /
quiet; inhibited; repressed; controlled: After the argument he was much more subdued.
lowered in intensity or strength; reduced in fullness of tone, as a color or voice; muted: subdued light; wallpaper in subdued greens.
(of land) not marked by any striking features, as mountains or cliffs: a subdued landscape.
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Origin of subdued
First recorded in 1595–1605; subdue + -ed2
OTHER WORDS FROM subdued
Words nearby subdued
subdual, subduct, subduction, subduction zone, subdue, subdued, subdural, subdural hemorrhage, subdural space, subedit, subeditor
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Words related to subdued
hushed, unobtrusive, solemn, sober, mellow, low-key, restrained, muted, dim, dejected, shaded, domesticated, grave, chastened, tempered, moderated, softened, repressed, crestfallen, domestic
How to use subdued in a sentence
The result of all this subdued emotion is a movie that can be called stoic in the best sense of the word.
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It may have been a somewhat subdued, socially-distanced affair in Washington yesterday—LOWEST.
After an Inauguration Day rally for the record books, what’s next for stocks?|Bernhard Warner|January 21, 2021|Fortune
The sensational coverage in China’s more nationalistic outlets and on social media contrasted with the more straightforward, subdued tone of other state media sources.
Chinese state media is already using Capitol riots in its anti-U.S. narrative|Grady McGregor|January 7, 2021|Fortune
Against a subdued backdrop in stocks this week, the frenzy in cryptocurrencies shows no signs of slowing down.
S&P 500 rallies to close the year at a record high|Karen Yuan|December 31, 2020|Fortune
It will be a more subdued holiday for a lot of us when, let’s be honest, we may be just too drained to want to cook — or clean — all day.
Harissa-glazed turkey legs with sweet potatoes deliver big flavor on a budget|Becky Krystal|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
Lady Rose is also rather subdued in the premiere, which is a pity.
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Hip-hop and faith have a long and sometimes conflicted history; but it was often presented in nuanced or subdued ways.
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In one episode, two undercover air marshals subdued and handcuffed the irate traveler in question.
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Positioned next to this is a design that is much more subdued.
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The very brave vice principal, Sam King, who then jumped in, might have been killed before he subdued the 16-year-old suspect.
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The intricate perforations of the lamp were inset with colored glass, and the result was a subdued and warm illumination.
Search with a one-twelfth-inch objective, using very subdued light.
A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Kazmah slightly raised his hand in greeting: the big ring glittered in the subdued light.
Even their military music was of a peculiarly soft and subdued character.
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXIX. January, 1844. Vol. LV.|Various
Even as he spoke, Gray had found the switch, and the apartment of Kazmah became flooded with subdued light.
British Dictionary definitions for subdued
cowed, passive, or shy
gentle or quieta subdued whisper
(of colours, etc) not harsh or brightsubdued lighting
Derived forms of subduedsubduedly, adverbsubduedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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To subdue is to hold back, put down, or defeat. A Doberman can be subdued with a bone, but subduing a yapping toy poodle can be a mail carrier's greatest daily challenge.
You can use the verb subdue in ways ranging from subtle to very forceful. If someone is angry, you might subdue him with kind words that overcome his anger. If someone is coming at you with a giant karate chop, you may be able to subdue her with a secret weapon — a knee-snap–heel-kick-floor-drop. Sub-, as in submarine means "below" and subdue means to bring low — to keep down literally or to calm down emotionally.
Definitions of subdue
verbput down by force or intimidation
- synonyms:keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subjugate
verbput down by force or authority
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- synonyms:conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, suppress
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- blink, blink away, wink
force to go away by blinking
- dampen, stifle
smother or suppress
- choke back, choke down, choke off
- hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
get rid of, silence, or suppress
keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
- quell, quench, squelch
suppress or crush completely
- muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
conceal or hide
silence (someone) by uttering 'shush!'
- choke, suffocate
suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
- calm down, lull
become quiet or less intensive
- shout down
silence or overwhelm by shouting
- gag, muzzle
prevent from speaking out
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- check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
verbhold within limits and control
“subdue one's appetites”
- synonyms:crucify, mortify
verbcorrect by punishment or discipline
- synonyms:chasten, tame
verbget on top of; deal with successfully
- synonyms:conquer, get over, master, overcome, surmount
verbmake subordinate, dependent, or subservient
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The adjective subdued refers to something, like a sound, that has a lowered intensity. Your loud conversation with a friend in the back of the classroom is likely to become subdued when the teacher passes out the exams.
The word subdued is related to the Latin word, subdere, which means "to subtract from." Something that is subdued has lost some of its strength or intensity. Subdued lighting might create a romantic mood at a restaurant. And a subdued child is one who is no longer having a fit. A subdued economy is probably pretty sluggish.
Definitions of subdued
adjectiverestrained in style or quality
- synonyms:low-key, low-keyed
adjectivein a softened tone
“a subdued whisper”
- synonyms:hushed, muted, quiet
(of sound) relatively low in volume
adjectivequieted and brought under control
“children were subdued and silent”
very restrained or quiet
adjectivenot brilliant or glaring
emitting or reflecting very little light
adjectivelacking in light; not bright or harsh
“subdued lights and soft music”
devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black
1: to get control of (a violent or dangerous person or group) by using force, punishment, etc.The troops were finally able to subdue the rebel forces after many days of fighting.He was injured while trying to subdue a violent drunk.
2: to get control of (something, such as a strong emotion)She struggled to subdue her fears.
1: to conquer and bring into subjection : vanquish
2: to bring under control especially by an exertion of the will : curbsubdued my foolish fears
3: to bring (land) under cultivation
4: to reduce the intensity or degree of : tone down
Even now he did not want to celebrate the New Year. Friends called who where, but Dmitry did not agree to any of the proposals. I'm tired of it. I decided to be alone. Alone, drink a bottle of champagne to the chimes and go to bed in the new year.
Joked Vadim. Only without orgies, please. Tomorrow Dasha will bring some kind of mymru. And let's finally shoot some porn.
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He was heavily alcoholic (as it turned out, since yesterday evening), and, as always, did not recognize me. My mother-in-law, Alevtina Ivanovna, hugged me tightly and put her sweet face up. For a kiss.