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subdued

[suh b-dood, -dyood] /səbˈdud, -ˈdyud/
adjective
1.
quiet; inhibited; repressed; controlled:
After the argument he was much more subdued.
2.
lowered in intensity or strength; reduced in fullness of tone, as a color or voice; muted:
subdued light; wallpaper in subdued greens.
3.
(of land) not marked by any striking features, as mountains or cliffs:
a subdued landscape.
Origin of subdued
1595-1605
1595-1605; subdue + -ed2
Related forms
subduedly, adverb
subduedness, noun
half-subdued, adjective
self-subdued, adjective
unsubdued, adjective
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  • His manner to her was subduedly respectful; but a reckless, blas air hung about him, token of carelessness or dissipation.

    Alone Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for subduedly

subdued

/səbˈdjuːd/
adjective
1.
cowed, passive, or shy
2.
gentle or quiet: a subdued whisper
3.
(of colours, etc) not harsh or bright: subdued lighting
Derived Forms
subduedly, adverb
subduedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for subduedly

subdued

adj.

c.1600, "subjugated," past participle adjective from subdue. Meaning "calmed down, reduced in intensity" is recorded from 1822.

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