sub·dued | \səb-ˈdüd, -ˈdyüd\

Definition of subdued 

: lacking in vitality, intensity, or strength subdued colors

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Other Words from subdued

subduedly \səb-ˈdü(-ə)d-lē, -ˈdyü(-ə)d- \ adverb

Examples of subdued in a Sentence

She spoke in a subdued voice. The color in the lobby is subdued.

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The previously rampant Los Ticos faithful in the stadium were notably more subdued, as their side continued to struggle to force an equaliser., "Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia: Kolarov Cracker Sees White Eagles Soar to Victory Over Lacklustre Los Ticos," 17 June 2018 Still passing to and fro, The young heart hot and restless, And the old subdued and slow!, "Read the poem that inspired the Longfellow Bridge’s name," 31 May 2018 Royal watchers will recall that Middleton also selected a McQueen piece for sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding last year, and today’s dress was equal parts regal, subdued, and sophisticated. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Chooses Alexander McQueen for the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 The current subdued look of Air Force One dates to the early 1960s, created by industrial designer Raymond Loewy and approved by John and Jackie Kennedy. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump is right to reject Air Force One nostalgia.," 12 July 2018 The clean images seem to mirror her new, more subdued, image that is so contemplative. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Covers “Elle” in All White," 11 July 2018 Charlotte waved to the cameras before entering the doors of the hospital with her father, George a little more subdued with his head down. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the "Relaxed" Birth of Kate Middleton & Prince William's New Royal Baby Boy," 23 Apr. 2018 While some members of the royal family—the Queen, and the Duchess of Cambridge in particular—wear vibrant colors to stand out from the crowd, the Duchess of Cornwall tends to favor a more subdued color palette. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Is Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall Taking Fashion Cues From Kate Middleton?," 13 June 2018 Still, appeals to protest by Gaza’s rulers, the militant and political group Hamas, are more subdued. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israel and Hamas Take Steps to Avoid War After Violent Cycle," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of subdued

1785, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subdued

: not strong, loud, intense, etc.


sub·dued | \səb-ˈdüd, -ˈdyüd\

Kids Definition of subdued

: lacking in liveliness, intensity, or strength a subdued voice

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evasion of direct action or statement

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