subdued

The adjective subdued refers to something, like a sound, that has a lowered intensity. Your loud conversation with a friend in the back of the classroom is likely to become subdued when the teacher passes out the exams.

The word subdued is related to the Latin word, subdere, which means "to subtract from." Something that is subdued has lost some of its strength or intensity. Subdued lighting might create a romantic mood at a restaurant. And a subdued child is one who is no longer having a fit. A subdued economy is probably pretty sluggish.

Definitions of subdued
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adj restrained in style or quality

Synonyms:
low-key, low-keyed
restrained
under restraint

adj in a softened tone

“a subdued whisper”
Synonyms:
hushed, muted, quiet
soft
(of sound) relatively low in volume

adj quieted and brought under control

“children were subdued and silent”
Synonyms:
tame
very restrained or quiet

adj not brilliant or glaring

subdued lighting”
Synonyms:
soft
dull
emitting or reflecting very little light

adj lacking in light; not bright or harsh

subdued lights and soft music”
Synonyms:
dim
dark
devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black

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