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Definition of Subdue


  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.
  2. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush.
  3. To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever.
  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.
  5. To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties.
  6. To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears.
  7. To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds.
  8. To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors.

Subdue Quotations

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Sun Tzu

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
Mahatma Gandhi

Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.
Dalai Lama

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
Sun Tzu

As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
Lord Byron
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Subdue Translations

subdue in Dutch is knechten, onderwerpen
subdue in French is subjuguent, subjuguez, subjuguer, subjuguons
subdue in Latin is domito, subiungo, expugno
subdue in Spanish is dominar

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