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subdued

adjective
     
sub‧dued
1 subdued lighting, colours etc are less bright than usual [= gentle]
2 a person that is subdued is unusually quiet and possibly unhappy:
Richard seems very subdued tonight.
a subdued manner
'Oh,' she said in a subdued voice.
3 an activity that is subdued does not have as much excitement as you would expect [≠ lively]:
The housing market is fairly subdued.
4 a sound that is subdued is quieter than usual
WORD FOCUS: quiet WORD FOCUS: quiet
voice, sound: low , soft, muffled, hushed, subdued

place: peaceful, calm, sleepy, tranquil

completely quiet: silent, you could hear a pin drop

what you say when you want someone to be quiet: sh, shut up not polite, be quiet, keep it down BrE informal


See also
quiet

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