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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.
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Origin of subdual

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

cut, devaluation, cutback, rebate, discount, contraction, rout, annexation, invasion, occupation, takeover, subjugation, confusion, trepidation, intimidation, depression, minimization, shrinkage, conquest, degradation

Examples from the Web for subdual

Historical Examples of subdual

  • 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.