Definition of Subdue

1. Verb. Put down by force or intimidation. "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"

Exact synonyms: Keep Down, Quash, Reduce, Repress, Subjugate
Generic synonyms: Crush, Oppress, Suppress
Derivative terms: Repression, Repression, Repressive, Subduer



2. Verb. To put down by force or authority. "Conquer one's desires"

3. Verb. Hold within limits and control. "Mortify the flesh"
Exact synonyms: Crucify, Mortify
Entails: Abstain, Desist, Refrain
Specialized synonyms: Mortify
Generic synonyms: Check, Contain, Control, Curb, Hold, Hold In, Moderate
Derivative terms: Mortification

4. Verb. Get on top of; deal with successfully. "He overcame his shyness"
Exact synonyms: Get Over, Master, Overcome, Surmount
Generic synonyms: Beat, Beat Out, Crush, Shell, Trounce, Vanquish
Specialized synonyms: Bulldog

5. Verb. Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient. "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
Exact synonyms: Subordinate
Generic synonyms: Lour, Lower
Derivative terms: Subordinate, Subordination

6. Verb. Correct by punishment or discipline.
Exact synonyms: Chasten, Tame
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify

Definition of Subdue

1. v. t. To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish.

Definition of Subdue

1. Verb. To overcome, quieten, or bring under control. ¹

2. Verb. To bring (a country) under control by force. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Subdue

1. to bring under control [v -DUED, -DUING, -DUES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Subdue

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subduals
subduce
subduced
subduces
subducing
subduct
subducted
subducting
subduction
subduction zone
subductions
subductive
subductively
subducts
subdue (current term)
subdued
subduedly
subduedness
subduement
subduements
subduer
subduers
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subduest
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subduing
subdulcid
subduple
subduplicate

Literary usage of Subdue

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of Hannah More by Hannah More (1835)
"It would lead me to indulge a habit of complaint which I am labouring to subdue. The compassion of my friend would only sharpen my feelingĀ« which I wish to ..."

2. The Papers of James Madison: Purchased by Order of the Congress, Being His by James Madison (1840)
"... and offences against the laws of nations;" which was agreed to, nem. con. The clause, " to subdue a rebellion in any State, on the application ..."

3. The Papers of James Madison: Purchased by Order of the Congress, Being His by James Madison (1840)
"... nations;" which was agreed to, nem. con. The clause, " to subdue a rebellion in any State, on the application of its Legislature," was next considered. ..."

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