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Definition of Subject

Subject

  1. Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation.
  2. Placed under the power of another; specifically (International Law), owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state; as, Jamaica is subject to Great Britain.
  3. Exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation.
  4. Obedient; submissive.
  5. That which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else.
  6. Specifically: One who is under the authority of a ruler and is governed by his laws; one who owes allegiance to a sovereign or a sovereign state; as, a subject of Queen Victoria; a British subject; a subject of the United States.
  7. That which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically (Anat.), a dead body used for the purpose of dissection.
  8. That which is brought under thought or examination; that which is taken up for discussion, or concerning which anything is said or done.
  9. The person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; the chief character.
  10. That of which anything is affirmed or predicated; the theme of a proposition or discourse; that which is spoken of; as, the nominative case is the subject of the verb.
  11. That in which any quality, attribute, or relation, whether spiritual or material, inheres, or to which any of these appertain; substance; substratum.
  12. Hence, that substance or being which is conscious of its own operations; the mind; the thinking agent or principal; the ego. Cf. Object, n., 2.
  13. The principal theme, or leading thought or phrase, on which a composition or a movement is based.
  14. The incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent.
  15. To bring under control, power, or dominion; to make subject; to subordinate; to subdue.
  16. To expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions.
  17. To submit; to make accountable.
  18. To make subservient.
  19. To cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test.

Subject Quotations

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.
Aung San Suu Kyi

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
Ayn Rand

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.
Charles Dickens
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Subject Translations

subject in Afrikaans is onderwerp
subject in Dutch is stof, onderwerp, subject
subject in Finnish is aihe
subject in German is Subjekt, Lehrfach, Gegenstand
subject in Italian is oggetti, casella, assoggettato, soggetto, tema
subject in Latin is thema
subject in Portuguese is assunto
subject in Spanish is casilla, tema
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