Associations to the word «Subdue»


SUBDUE, verb. To overcome, quieten, or bring under control.
SUBDUE, verb. To bring (a country) under control by force.

Dictionary definition

SUBDUE, verb. Put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land".
SUBDUE, verb. To put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires".
SUBDUE, verb. Hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh".
SUBDUE, verb. Get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his shyness".
SUBDUE, verb. Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler".
SUBDUE, verb. Correct by punishment or discipline.

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats