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subdued

[suh b-dood, -dyood]
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.
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Origin of subdued

First recorded in 1595–1605; subdue + -ed2
Related formssub·dued·ly, adverbsub·dued·ness, nounhalf-sub·dued, adjectiveself-sub·dued, adjectiveun·sub·dued, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

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    Marion Harland


British Dictionary definitions for subduedly

subdued

adjective
  1. cowed, passive, or shy
  2. gentle or quieta subdued whisper
  3. (of colours, etc) not harsh or brightsubdued lighting
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Derived Formssubduedly, adverbsubduedness, 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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