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subdued

adjective uk   /səbˈdjuːd/ us    /-ˈduːd/

subdued adjective (NOT STRONG)

If a colour or light is subdued, it is not very bright: subdued lightingDarkness and becoming darkPale and colourless and causing colour to fade If a noise is subdued, it is not loud: subdued laughter/cheersSilence and quiet

subdued adjective (MOOD)

If a person is subdued, they are not as happy as usual or they are quieter than usual: He seemed a bit subdued at lunch - is he all right?Not saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
(Definition of subdued from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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