What is the meaning of subdued?


  • Put down by force or intimidation.
    • usage: "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
  • To put down by force or authority.
    • usage: "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
  • Hold within limits and control.
    • usage: "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"
  • Get on top of; deal with successfully.
    • usage: "He overcame his shyness"
  • Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient.
    • usage: "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
  • Correct by punishment or discipline.


  • In a softened tone.
    • usage: "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand"
  • Restrained in style or quality.
    • usage: "a little masterpiece of low-keyed eloquence"
  • Quieted and brought under control.
    • usage: "children were subdued and silent"
  • Not brilliant or glaring.
    • usage: "the moon cast soft shadows"; "soft pastel colors"; "subdued lighting"
  • Lacking in light; not bright or harsh.
    • usage: "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music"
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APAWordNet. (2010). subdued. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/subdued/definitions/1184620
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MLAWordNet. "subdued" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/subdued/definitions/1184620>
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