- to conquer and bring into subjection: Rome subdued Gaul.
- to overpower by superior force; overcome.
- to bring under mental or emotional control, as by persuasion or intimidation; render submissive.
- to repress (feelings, impulses, etc.).
- to bring (land) under cultivation: to subdue the wilderness.
- to reduce the intensity, force, or vividness of (sound, light, color, etc.); tone down; soften.
- to allay (inflammation, infection, etc.).
Origin of subdue
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Examples from the Web for subduer
Thereby intimating his opinion that the Subduer was still in the future, by whom Maud's peace of mind was to be imperilled.Barren Honour: A Novel
George A. Lawrence
And that subduer of passions was surrounded by his principal counsellors in order of precedence.
Knowing thee to be such, the subduer himself of Paka will come to beg of thee thy ear-rings and coat of mail.
His hot breath strikes the face of his subduer, who has already seized him with both hands by the horns.King of Camargue
One evening a "domidor" (a subduer of horses) came for the purpose of breaking-in some colts.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World
- to establish ascendancy over by force
- to overcome and bring under control, as by intimidation or persuasion
- to hold in check or repress (feelings, emotions, etc)
- to render less intense or less conspicuous
Word Origin and History for subduer
late 14c., "to conquer," from Old French souduire "deceive, seduce," from Latin subducere "draw, lead away, withdraw" (see subduce). The sense seems to have been taken in Anglo-French from Latin subdere. Subduct in the sense of "subtract" is from 1570s. Related: Subdued; subduing.