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Adjective: subdued  sub'd(y)ood
  1. In a softened tone
    "a subdued whisper";
    - hushed, muted, quiet
     
  2. Restrained in style or quality
    "a little masterpiece of subdued eloquence";
    - low-key, low-keyed
     
  3. Quieted and brought under control
    "children were subdued and silent"
     
  4. Not brilliant or glaring
    "subdued lighting";
    - soft
     
  5. Lacking in light; not bright or harsh
    "subdued lights and soft music";
    - dim
Verb: subdue  sub'd(y)oo
  1. Put down by force or intimidation
    "The government subdues any attempt of an uprising";
    - repress, quash, keep down, subjugate, reduce
     
  2. To put down by force or authority
    "subdue a nascent uprising";
    - suppress, stamp down, inhibit, conquer, curb
     
  3. Hold within limits and control
    "subdue one's appetites";
    - mortify, crucify
     
  4. Get on top of; deal with successfully
    "He subdued his shyness";
    - overcome, get over, surmount, master
     
  5. Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient
    "Our wishes have to be subdued to that of our ruler";
    - subordinate
     
  6. Correct by punishment or discipline
    - tame, chasten

See also: dark, dull, restrained, soft, tame

Type of: alter, beat, beat out, change, check, contain, control, crush, curb, hold, hold in, lower, moderate, modify, oppress, shell, suppress, trounce, vanquish