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Adversity vexed and irritated, instead of calming and subduing her.

There never was any question of subduing Salome; it was a question of subduing Atland!

At the rate he was subduing me, he must have felt that it would be a long job.

I have only one means of subduing that savage beast you sold me, you egregious cheat.

Soon the spade, the plough, and the axe began their subduing work.

That subduing alliance was to be found, in perfection, in the person of Mrs Causand.

He said all you wanted to do, in subduing the spirit of animals, was to gain their confidence.

I fairly ground my teeth, subduing the rage and contempt that shook me.

But emotions are only partially suppressed by subduing their expression.

Grief and anxiety aided her in subduing her will and learning resignation.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to conquer," from Old French souduire "deceive, seduce," from Latin subducere "draw, lead away, withdraw" (see subduce). The sense seems to have been taken in Anglo-French from Latin subdere. Subduct in the sense of "subtract" is from 1570s. Related: Subdued; subduing.

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