- 1(Of a person or their manner) quiet and rather reflective or depressed: I felt strangely subdued as I drove homeMore example sentences
somber, low-spirited, downcast, sad, dejected, depressed, gloomy, despondent, dispirited, disheartened, forlorn, woebegone; withdrawn, preoccupiedhushed, muted, quiet, low, soft, faint, muffled, indistinct
- We exchanged letters regularly but the man who emerged from jail was a quieter, more subdued individual.
- Reflecting on those happy, hell-raising times, a subdued Bennett attributes his current physical condition to earlier self damage.
- Most of Government functions, in which Ministers participate, are organised in a subdued manner.
- 2(Of color or lighting) soft and restrained: a subdued plaid shirtMore example sentences
- But art deco coloured glass means subdued lighting, hence the problems with reading the menu.
- The lighting is usually subdued, making colours appear surreal.
- The colour palette includes subdued beiges, burgundies and charcoal blues on high-back chairs and sectional wall panels.