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1. To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish. I will subdue all thine enemies. (1 Chron. Xvii. 10)

2. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush. Nothing could have subdued nature To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters. (Shak) If aught . . . Were worthy to subdue The soul of man. (milton)

3. To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever.

4. To render submissive; to bring under command; to reduce to mildness or obedience; to tame; as, to subdue a stubborn child; to subdue the temper or passions.

5. To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties.

6. To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears.

7. To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds.

8. To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colours.

Synonym: To conquer, overpower, overcome, surmount, vanquish. See Conquer.

Origin: OE. Soduen, OF. Sosduire to seduce, L. Subtus below (fr. Sub under) _ ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Subduct.

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Re: Paradox of Cain? There is none!!

"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." King James Version, Genesis ...

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by Jonl1408
Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:29 pm
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Bible vs Darwin

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by AstusAleator
Sun May 04, 2008 7:24 pm
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Instinct- the mechanism

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by MichaelXY
Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:12 am
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