• WordNet 3.6
    • v subdue correct by punishment or discipline
    • v subdue to put down by force or authority "suppress a nascent uprising","stamp down on littering","conquer one's desires"
    • v subdue make subordinate, dependent, or subservient "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
    • v subdue get on top of; deal with successfully "He overcame his shyness"
    • v subdue hold within limits and control "subdue one's appetites","mortify the flesh"
    • v subdue put down by force or intimidation "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising","China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently","The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Subdue To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish. "I will subdue all thine enemies."
    • Subdue To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever.
    • Subdue To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds.
    • Subdue To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties.
    • Subdue To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush. "Nothing could have subdued nature
      To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters."
      "If aught . . . were worthy to subdue The soul of man."
    • Subdue To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors.
    • Subdue To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears.
    • Subdue To render submissive; to bring under command; to reduce to mildness or obedience; to tame; as, to subdue a stubborn child; to subdue the temper or passions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • subdue To conquer and bring into permanent subjection; reduce under dominion.
    • subdue To overpower by superior force; gain the victory over; bring under; vanquish; crush.
    • subdue To prevail over by some mild or softening influence; influence by association; assimilate; overcome, as by kindness, persuasion, entreaty, or other mild means; gain complete sway over; melt.
    • subdue To bring down; reduce.
    • subdue To tone down; soften; make less striking or harsh, as in sound, illumination, or color: in this sense generally in the past participle: as, subdued colors; a subdued light.
    • subdue To improve by cultivation; make mellow; break, as land.
    • subdue Synonyms and Vanquish, Subjugate, etc. (see conquer), crush, quell.
    • subdue To soften.
    • n subdue Subjugation; conquest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Subdue sub-dū′ to conquer: to bring under dominion: to render submissive: to tame: to soften
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  • Charles Dickens
    “Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature .”
  • Washington Irving
    “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”
  • Lord Byron
    “He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.”
  • Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    “Brave is the lion tamer, brave is the world subduer, but braver is the one who has subdued himself.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “My nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer's hand.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. soduen, OF. sosduire, to seduce, L. subtus, below (fr. sub, under) + ducere, to lead. See Duke, and cf. Subduct
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. souduire—L. sub, under, ducĕre, to lead.


In literature:

Her words may restrain his wanderings, her example subdue his anger.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Try, by all available means, to quiet and subdue the earthly man, to lay down his will, to turn the mind to God.
"An Interpretation of Friends Worship" by N. Jean Toomer
But Johnnie's task of subduing Barber was not finished.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Through the service I was subdued enough to have satisfied even Aunt Martha.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
After her subdued greeting she looked inquiringly at Jim.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
My suffering at last subdued his hard heart; he asked my forgiveness, and afterwards was an altered man.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
It took both Pete and Cales quite a while to subdue him.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
The English, having subdued the French, felt able to manage the Indians without difficulty.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
It by no means pleased Oleg to find this powerful kingdom founded in the land which he had set out to subdue.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Never was a race more difficult to subdue.
"Royal Edinburgh" by Margaret Oliphant

In poetry:

He did thy enmity subdue,
Thy bondage sad recal,
Made thee to choose, and close pursue
Thy Husband as thy all.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
I cried, and from his holy hill
He bowed a list'ning ear;
I called my Father, and my God,
And He subdued my fear.
"Psalm III: My God, How Many Are My Fears" by Isaac Watts
John took a bite and Sue a chew,
And then the trouble began to brew,—
Trouble the doctor couldn't subdue.
Too true!
"The Little Peach" by Eugene Field
Forth came the King; his worn and awful face,
On Cyra bent, began to melt apace
To gleams—how tender! farther still subdued
To mingled tears of more than gratitude.
"Nebuchadnezzar: Canto IV: Nebuchadnezzar's Cave" by Thomas Aird
When ever were people subdued, overthrown,
With women to cheer them on, brave as our own?
With maidens and mothers at work on their knees,
When ever were soldiers as fearless as these?
"Beechenbrook - II" by Margaret Junkin Preston
O not in vain to me be given
The joys of earth—the hopes of heaven;
O not in vain may I receive
My Master's talents—but, subdued
And tutored by the soul of good,
To God—to bliss—to virtue live!
"Morning" by John Bowring

In news:

Police in Coeur d'Alene said they used a stun gun to subdue Kenneth R Smith, 38, on Friday evening.
With An Army Of Vaccinators, India Subdues Polio.
Stable markets, subdued trading volume and concerns that the US markets are too complex caused net income at.
Firings of journalists, Moscow's subdued response to protests revive Kremlinology.
Americans marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks Tuesday in familiar but subdued ceremonies that put grieving families ahead of politicians and suggested it's time to move on after a decade of remembrance.
Dotty Otley (Diedra Ann) and others try to subdue an axe-wielding Garry LeJeune (Jonathan Rehlander) during the backstage mayhem.
Election night more subdued than 2008.
All spiders have venom to subdue prey.
A Vacaville (Calif.) Police officer subdued an 18-year-old suspected of murdering two men and injuring a woman at a nearby apartment, after he assaulted a police station , reports
With An Army Of Vaccinators, India Subdues Polio .
And it's sort of evolutionary, I feel, where some restaurants are quiet and subdued and you can sit and talk to your friends.
The subdued, neutral-toned setting is peaceful—or a snooze, according to your taste—but diners snap to when presented with Andy Motto's vivid creations.
Just beyond Rio 's most famous beach, Ipanema, is an even richer and more fashionable – but refreshingly subdued – hangout.
(AP) — A federal jury has cleared two Alton police officers in a lawsuit brought by a man who claimed they used excessive force in subduing him at a hospital.
Samir Mourad, 42, of Clifton tried to subdue the boy Saturday night at the Hamburg Turnpike ShopRite, but when police arrived they found him unconscious.

In science:

Contrary to that, in Model 2, the poloidal field production is a direct one step process, the efficiency of which is determined by fr and where the role of diffusivity is somewhat subdued.
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
The basic physical idea of their theory is that subduing a material to sufficiently high pressure leads ultimately to excitation and ionisation of the atoms and molecules which constitute it.
Two simple problems in semiclassical dense matter physics
The theory proposed by Savi´c and Kaˇsanin predicts that a material subdued to increasing pressure undergoes a sequence of first order phase transitions,numbered by an integer index i.
Two simple problems in semiclassical dense matter physics
However, even after the Sun is pushed into the grand minimum, a subdued cycle has to continue (as discussed in § 2) and eventually the Sun has to come out of the grand minimum.
Dynamo models of grand minima
As pointed out in § 3, the operation of the dynamo during the grand minimum presumably depends on the α-effect and the theoretical model shows an ongoing but subdued cycle of magnetic field in the solar wind.
Dynamo models of grand minima