[ noun, adjective suhb-jikt; verb suh b-jekt ]SEE DEFINITION OF subjects
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It was for ever fighting someone, somewhere, for causes which did not interest the subjects at all.

The Jews were the subjects of a foreign race and money was scarce.

The King of course could not allow one of his subjects to outdo him in such a matter.

To be so particular as you require in subjects of conversation, it is impossible to be short.

And then a history, distinguishing the books by the names of their subjects.

"We are your subjects, sire," said the Gascon barons, though with no very good grace.

The subjects were trivial in themselves, and repeated endlessly.

In his leisure hours Jenkin wrote papers on a wide variety of subjects.

How the fifteen subjects ever got so fat upon it, the kind Heavens know.

He had, as a rule, something to say upon all subjects—and said it.


early 14c., "person under control or dominion of another," from Old French suget, subget "a subject person or thing" (12c.), from Latin subiectus, noun use of past participle of subicere "to place under," from sub "under" (see sub-) + combining form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). In 14c., sugges, sogetis, subgit, sugette; form re-Latinized in English 16c.

Meaning "person or thing that may be acted upon" is recorded from 1590s. Meaning "subject matter of an art or science" is attested from 1540s, probably short for subject matter (late 14c.), which is from Medieval Latin subjecta materia, a loan translation of Greek hypokeimene hyle (Aristotle), literally "that which lies beneath." Likewise some specific uses in logic and philosophy are borrowed directly from Latin subjectum "foundation or subject of a proposition," a loan-translation of Aristotle's to hypokeimenon. Grammatical sense is recorded from 1630s. The adjective is attested from early 14c.


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