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Synonyms for subdue
səbˈdu, -ˈdyu

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce(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"

    Synonyms:
    chasten, strangle, get over, suppress, concentrate, master, conquer, avoid, quash, slim down, boil down, surmount, scale down, annul, trim down, thin out, inhibit, lose weight, decoct, cut, foreshorten, nullify, abbreviate, trim, slenderize, subject, shorten, deoxidise, crucify, subjugate, cut down, abridge, reduce, contract, melt off, curb, stamp down, invalidate, deoxidize, come down, subordinate, tame, number, mortify, dilute, slim, shrink, smother, thin, bring down, trim back, cut back, overcome, muffle, keep down, stifle, void, repress, tighten

  2. suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb(verb)

    to put down by force or authority

    "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"

    Synonyms:
    chasten, capture, get over, master, crush, conquer, moderate, quash, keep down, surmount, restrict, suppress, bottle up, crucify, subjugate, reduce, control, curb, stamp down, hold, seize, subordinate, tame, mortify, hold in, curtail, appropriate, contain, oppress, inhibit, cut back, overcome, repress, check

  3. mortify, subdue, crucify(verb)

    hold within limits and control

    "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"

    Synonyms:
    chasten, get over, master, inhibit, conquer, pillory, quash, humble, surmount, frustrate, bedevil, suppress, abase, chagrin, savage, keep down, dun, gangrene, torment, crucify, subjugate, sphacelate, humiliate, reduce, curb, stamp down, subordinate, tame, necrose, mortify, rag, blast, overcome, repress

  4. overcome, get over, subdue, surmount, master(verb)

    get on top of; deal with successfully

    "He overcame his shyness"

    Synonyms:
    chasten, cut through, bounce back, get over, overwhelm, master, inhibit, conquer, quash, sweep over, whelm, surmount, scale, get the best, cut across, have the best, dominate, suppress, outmatch, exceed, outgo, outperform, defeat, outstrip, crucify, subjugate, get the hang, reduce, control, surpass, curb, stamp down, traverse, subordinate, tame, pass over, get well, mortify, outdo, cover, repress, cross, overtake, get across, overcome, keep down, track, overpower, get the better of

  5. subordinate, subdue(verb)

    make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

    "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"

    Synonyms:
    crucify, surmount, curb, chasten, tame, stamp down, inhibit, overcome, reduce, suppress, repress, subjugate, master, quash, subordinate, conquer, keep down, get over, mortify

  6. tame, chasten, subdue(verb)

    correct by punishment or discipline

    Synonyms:
    chasten, get over, domesticate, naturalise, master, inhibit, conquer, moderate, quash, cultivate, surmount, objurgate, castigate, domesticise, reclaim, suppress, temper, tone down, crucify, subjugate, correct, reduce, curb, stamp down, domesticize, subordinate, tame, mortify, chastise, overcome, naturalize, keep down, repress

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. subdue

    Castigate and chastise refer strictly to corporal punishment, tho both are somewhat archaic; correct and punish are often used as euphemisms in preference to either. Punish is distinctly retributive in sense; chastise, partly retributive, and partly corrective; chasten, wholly corrective. Chasten is used exclusively in the spiritual sense, and chiefly of the visitation of God.

    Synonyms:
    afflict, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, humble, punish, purify, refine, soften, try

    Preposition:
    "We are chastened of the Lord," 1 Cor. xi, 32; "they ... chastened us after their own pleasure, but He for our profit," Heb. xii, 10; "chasten in thy hot displeasure," Ps. iv, 7; chasten with pain; by trials and sorrows.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. subdue

    Synonyms:
    conquer, reduce, overpower, break, tame, quell, vanquish, master, subjugate

    Antonyms:
    aggrandize, exalt, fortify, strengthen, empower, liberate, enfranchise

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. subdue(v)

    Synonyms:
    conquer, vanquish, subject, overpower, subjugate, crush, master, quell, tone down, soften

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "subdue":

    subjugate

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How to use subdue in a sentence?

  1. Kenya Bradix:

    At that moment, I guess I was in security mode, I would call it. I basically was on instinct, and I didn't think for a second if he had anything (dangerous) or what could he possibly do. I was just thinking, 'Just get the guy down and subdue him 'til the police came.'.

  2. Sun Tzu:

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

  3. Gabrielle Giffords:

    Bill ran towards the shooter and towards danger so that he could help subdue him until the authorities arrived, i believe that Bill helped save lives that morning. And I will always be grateful to him for his selfless, brave actions.

  4. Ashraf Ghani:

    We die. But we will never be defeated, terrorism is a threat. It's evil. But we the people of Afghanistan are willing to speak truth to terror by saying no, you will never overwhelm us, you will never subdue us. We are going to overcome.

  5. David Borenstein:

    One cannot subdue a man by holding back his hands. Lasting peace comes not from force.

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