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subdual

[suh b-doo-uh l, -dyoo-]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of subduing.
  2. the state of being subdued.

Origin of subdual

First recorded in 1665–75; subdue + -al2
Related formsself-sub·du·al, noun
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Examples from the Web for subdual

Historical Examples

  • It marked the beginning of the subdual of that wonderful wild prairie of Vandemark Township and the Vandemark farm.

    Vandemark's Folly

    Herbert Quick

  • She uttered a long moan, all the more terrible for its subdual to a sound that could not pass beyond the room.

    The Whirlpool

    George Gissing

  • The use of connectives has been discussed when treating of emphasis secured by subdual of unimportant details.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster

  • Sarah sent Hortense about her business, and then set herself to the subdual of Mary's mind and character.

  • The Master said: The subdual of self, and reversion to the natural laws governing conduct—this is true goodness.