Once he lunged at a man trying to rob a convenience store, subduing him with his bare hands.
Thus David gives thanks to God, for subduing the people under him.
Adversity vexed and irritated, instead of calming and subduing her.
There never was any question of subduing Salome; it was a question of subduing Atland!
At the rate he was subduing me, he must have felt that it would be a long job.
She then adverted to the power of religion in subduing the passions, that of love among the rest.
He said all you wanted to do, in subduing the spirit of animals, was to gain their confidence.
He had succeeded so well in subduing his flesh that at last it was on the point of separating itself entirely from the spirit.
I fairly ground my teeth, subduing the rage and contempt that shook me.
Lafe asked, subduing his voice almost to a whisper in deference to the other's visible anxiety.
late 14c., "to conquer," from Old French souduire "deceive, seduce," from Latin subducere "draw, lead away, withdraw" (see subduce). The sense seems to have been taken in Anglo-French from Latin subdere. Subduct in the sense of "subtract" is from 1570s. Related: Subdued; subduing.