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[suhb-juh-geyt] /ˈsʌb dʒəˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), subjugated, subjugating.
to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
to make submissive or subservient; enslave.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin subjugātus, past participle of subjugāre to subjugate, equivalent to sub- sub- + jug(um) yoke1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[suhb-juh-guh-buh l] /ˈsʌb dʒə gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
subjugation, noun
subjugator, noun
nonsubjugable, adjective
self-subjugating, adjective
unsubjugated, adjective
1, 2. overcome, vanquish, reduce, overpower. Unabridged
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  • They incorporated into their own world the many advancements of the cultures they subjugated.
  • Those experiences must be subjugated to the rule of law, but they do matter and she's not backing off from that.
  • The claim sounds suspiciously reductionist, with complicated social realities subjugated to a few neat parameters.
  • They are subjugated, feared, and consigned to ghettos.
  • In their quest for gold, they mined and subjugated those with whom they came in contact to do their bidding.
  • They cannot be traded for private or political expedience, nor subjugated to bilateral relations.
  • The evidence indicated that defendant and his co-felons subjugated the complainant to their authority for an extended period.
  • The producers' right to privacy should not be subjugated the agency's proposal for copies to ease the completion of reports.
British Dictionary definitions for subjugated


verb (transitive)
to bring into subjection
to make subservient or submissive
Derived Forms
subjugable (ˈsʌbdʒəɡəbəl) adjective
subjugation, noun
subjugator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin subjugāre to subdue, from Latin sub- + jugum yoke
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Word Origin and History for subjugated



early 15c., from Latin subjugatus, past participle of subjugare (see subjugation). Related: Subjugated; subjugating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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