[suh b-dood, -dyood]
- 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.
Origin of subdued
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Examples 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.Alone
- cowed, passive, or shy
- gentle or quieta subdued whisper
- (of colours, etc) not harsh or brightsubdued lighting
Word Origin and History for subduedly
c.1600, "subjugated," past participle adjective from subdue. Meaning "calmed down, reduced in intensity" is recorded from 1822.
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