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SUBDUED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does subdued mean? 

SUBDUED (adjective)
  The adjective SUBDUED has 5 senses:

1. in a softened tone
2. restrained in style or quality
3. quieted and brought under control
4. not brilliant or glaring
5. lacking in light; not bright or harsh

  Familiarity information: SUBDUED used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBDUED (adjective)


Sense 1subdued [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a softened tone

Synonyms:

hushed; muted; subdued; quiet

Context examples:

hushed voices / muted trumpets / a subdued whisper / a quiet reprimand

Similar:

soft ((of sound) relatively low in volume)


Sense 2subdued [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Restrained in style or quality

Synonyms:

low-key; low-keyed; subdued

Context example:

a little masterpiece of low-keyed eloquence

Similar:

restrained (under restraint)


Sense 3subdued [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Quieted and brought under control

Context example:

children were subdued and silent

Similar:

tame (very restrained or quiet)


Sense 4subdued [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not brilliant or glaring

Synonyms:

subdued; soft

Context examples:

the moon cast soft shadows / soft pastel colors / subdued lighting

Similar:

dull (emitting or reflecting very little light)


Sense 5subdued [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in light; not bright or harsh

Synonyms:

dim; subdued

Context examples:

a dim light beside the bed / subdued lights and soft music

Similar:

dark (devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black)


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