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subdued adj
1 in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand" [syn: hushed, muted, quiet]
2 restrained in style or quality; "a little masterpiece of low-keyed eloquence" [syn: low-key, low-keyed]
3 quieted and brought under control; "children were subdued and silent"
4 lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music" [syn: dim]

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  1. Conquered; overpowered; crushed; submissive; mild.
    he is subdued after the disagreement last night.
  2. Not glaring in color; soft in tone.
    the colour scheme used for this room is subdued.


Conquered; overpowered; crushed; submissive; mild
Not glaring in color; soft in tone


  1. past of subdue
    He subdued the dog yesterday.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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