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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

I'm supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I've flunked more often than not. I'm very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don't understand them.
Frank Sinatra

The writing process, the way I go about it is I do whatever the beat feels like, whatever the beat is telling me to do. Usually when the beat comes on, I think of a hook or the subject I want to rap about almost instantly. Within four, eight bars of it playing I'm just like, 'Oh, OK. This is what I wanna do'.
Eminem

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

Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is the one they would like to show to the world... Every so often what lies behind the facade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe.
Irving Penn
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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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