[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 unsubdued
But he came forth from prison as he entered it, unsubdued in spirit.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
It was, he said, impossible to march into France with Navarre unsubdued in his rear.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
One was the presence of unsubdued and hostile Indian tribes.A History of the United States
He was unsubdued, but was too much dazed to be able to do anything more than swear at them all.A Spoil of Office
Her step had lost its spring, but her cheerful spirit was unsubdued.The Thorogood Family
- cowed, passive, or shy
- gentle or quieta subdued whisper
- (of colours, etc) not harsh or brightsubdued lighting
Word Origin and History for unsubdued
c.1600, "subjugated," past participle adjective from subdue. Meaning "calmed down, reduced in intensity" is recorded from 1822.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper