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    What is a "subdued" manner or voice?

    Hello Everyone,

    The longman online dictionary defines "subdued":a person that is subdued is unusually quiet and possibly unhappy. However, I can't imagine a subdued person ,manner, or voice is really like.

    So can you give me some examples or explanations?


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    Sky


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    Re: What is a "subdued" manner or voice?

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    "Subdue", the verb can mean to force into submission, or to cow. You can surely imagine a person who has been boasting about their knowledge on some field being exposed as wrong by a higher authority, their reaction, and how they would act and speak.

    A-"Everyone knows the spotted owl is a native of the plains."
    B-"Are you sure?"
    A-"Certainly, how could it be otherwise?"
    C-(ornithologist)"Actually, they are not."
    A-"(in a subdued voice) Well...I was certain I had read it somewhere."

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    Re: What is a "subdued" manner or voice?

    Quote Originally Posted by weiming View Post
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    "Subdue", the verb can mean to force into submission, or to cow. You can surely imagine a person who has been boasting about their knowledge on some field being exposed as wrong by a higher authority, their reaction, and how they would act and speak.

    A-"Everyone knows the spotted owl is a native of the plains."
    B-"Are you sure?"
    A-"Certainly, how could it be otherwise?"
    C-(ornithologist)"Actually, they are not."
    A-"(in a subdued voice) Well...I was certain I had read it somewhere."
    Thanks a lot! I have sensed one of the meaning of subdued through your dialogue! Can you give me a dialogue describing a subdued person?

    Thanks and Best Regards

    Sky

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    Re: What is a "subdued" manner or voice?

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    I don't know that I could, subued, besides meaning cowed or slightly ashamed can also just mean relaxed and quiet, like someone who leads a subdued lifestyle.

    You can imagine someone like Sherlock homes retiring from the excitement of Baker street for the more "subdued" life in the country (where even there, there were mysteries to be solved!).

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    Re: What is a "subdued" manner or voice?

    Quote Originally Posted by weiming View Post
    [CAUTION: I am not a teacher:take the advice and or corrections offered in this post at your own risk.
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    I don't know that I could, subued, besides meaning cowed or slightly ashamed can also just mean relaxed and quiet, like someone who leads a subdued lifestyle.

    You can imagine someone like Sherlock homes retiring from the excitement of Baker street for the more "subdued" life in the country (where even there, there were mysteries to be solved!).

    Thanks a lot!

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