[suh b-dood, -dyood]
  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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for unsubdued


  1. cowed, passive, or shy
  2. gentle or quieta subdued whisper
  3. (of colours, etc) not harsh or brightsubdued lighting
Derived Formssubduedly, adverbsubduedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsubdued



c.1600, "subjugated," past participle adjective from subdue. Meaning "calmed down, reduced in intensity" is recorded from 1822.

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