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 for subdued
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Subdued \Sub*dued"\, a.
     1. Conquered; overpowered; crushed; submissive; mild.
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     2. Not glaring in color; soft in tone.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Subdue \Sub*due"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subdued; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Subduing.] [OE. soduen, OF. sosduire to seduce, L.
     subtus below (fr. sub under) + ducere to lead. See Duke,
     and cf. Subduct.]
     1. To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of
        superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to
        reduce under dominion; to vanquish.
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              I will subdue all thine enemies.      --1 Chron.
                                                    xvii. 10.
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     2. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to
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              Nothing could have subdued nature
              To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters. --Shak.
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              If aught . . . were worthy to subdue
              The soul of man.                      --Milton.
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     3. To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue
        a fever.
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     4. To render submissive; to bring under command; to reduce to
        mildness or obedience; to tame; as, to subdue a stubborn
        child; to subdue the temper or passions.
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     5. To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to
        subdue opposition by argument or entreaties.
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     6. To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue
        ferocity by tears.
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     7. To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as
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     8. To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to
        soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors.
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     Syn: To conquer; overpower; overcome; surmount; vanquish. See
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a
             subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand" [syn: hushed,
             muted, subdued, quiet]
      2: restrained in style or quality; "a little masterpiece of low-
         keyed eloquence" [syn: low-key, low-keyed, subdued]
      3: quieted and brought under control; "children were subdued and
      4: not brilliant or glaring; "the moon cast soft shadows"; "soft
         pastel colors"; "subdued lighting" [syn: soft, subdued]
      5: lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light beside
         the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music" [syn: dim,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  212 Moby Thesaurus words for "subdued":
     Attic, Olympian, aesthetic, aloof, artistic, backward,
     barely audible, bashful, bated, blank, bowed-down, broken,
     brought low, calmed, cast down, chaste, chastened, chilled, chilly,
     choice, classic, cold, conquered, constrained, controlled, cool,
     creamy, crestfallen, crushed, damped, dampened, dashed, dead,
     deadened, decrescendo, dejected, delicate, depressed, despairing,
     despondent, desponding, detached, dim, discouraged, discreet,
     disheartened, dispirited, distant, domesticated, dovelike, down,
     downcast, downhearted, drooping, droopy, dull, dulled, eggshell,
     excellent, expressionless, faint, faint-voiced, feeble,
     feeling low, felled, flat, flattened, forbidding, frigid, frosty,
     gentle, gloss, grave, guarded, half-heard, heartless, housebroke,
     housebroken, humble, humbled, humiliated, hushed, hypochondriac,
     hypochondriacal, icy, impassive, impersonal, in control,
     in good taste, in hand, in low spirits, in the depths,
     in the doldrums, in the dumps, inaccessible, indistinct,
     introverted, iridescent, lamblike, languishing, light, limited,
     low, low-key, low-spirited, made to grovel, mastered, meek, mellow,
     mellowed, mild, moderated, modest, mother-of-pearl, muffled,
     murmured, muted, nacreous, of choice, of quality, offish,
     opalescent, pacific, pale, pastel, patinaed, peaceable, peaceful,
     pearly, pessimistic, pianissimo, piano, pining, placid, pleasing,
     pure, put down, quashed, quelled, quiet, reduced, remote, removed,
     repressed, reserved, restrained, reticent, retiring, sad, saddened,
     scarcely heard, semigloss, serious, shrinking, simple, smashed,
     smothered, sober, sobered, soft, soft-colored, soft-hued,
     soft-sounding, soft-voiced, softened, solemn, somber, sordo,
     spiritless, squashed, squelched, stable, standoff, standoffish,
     stifled, subaudible, subjugated, submissive, subtle, suffocated,
     suicidal, suppressed, sweet, tame, tamed, tasteful, tasty,
     temperate, tempered, tender, toned, tranquil, unaffable,
     unaffected, unapproachable, unclear, uncongenial, undemonstrative,
     understated, unenthusiastic, unexpansive, ungenial, unobtrusive,
     vanquished, weak, weak-voiced, weary of life, well-chosen,
     whispered, withdrawn, woebegone, world-weary

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