subdued

[ suh b-dood, -dyood ]
/ səbˈdud, -ˈdyud /

adjective

quiet; inhibited; repressed; controlled: After the argument he was much more subdued.
lowered in intensity or strength; reduced in fullness of tone, as a color or voice; muted: subdued light; wallpaper in subdued greens.
(of land) not marked by any striking features, as mountains or cliffs: a subdued landscape.

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Origin of subdued

First recorded in 1595–1605; subdue + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM subdued

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Example sentences from the Web for subduedly

  • His manner to her was subduedly respectful; but a reckless, blas air hung about him, token of carelessness or dissipation.

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British Dictionary definitions for subduedly

subdued
/ (səbˈdjuːd) /

adjective

cowed, passive, or shy
gentle or quieta subdued whisper
(of colours, etc) not harsh or brightsubdued lighting

Derived forms of subdued

subduedly, adverbsubduedness, noun
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