One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Lewis's subdued air had changed to one of high good humour’
sombre, low-spirited, downcast, sad, dejected, depressed, low, gloomy, despondent, dispirited, disheartened, forlorn, woebegone
restrained, repressed, inactive, spiritless, lifeless, dull, unresponsive, withdrawn, pensive, thoughtful, preoccupied, quiet
informal down in the mouth, down in the dumps, out of sorts, in the doldrums, with a long face
British informal brassed off, cheesed off, browned off
North American informal teed off, ticked off
2‘they chatted in subdued tones’
hushed, muted, quiet, low, soft, gentle, whispered, murmured, faint, muffled, indistinct, inaudible
noiseless, soundless, silent, still, calm
3‘the subdued light made Mary appear pale’
dim, muted, toned down, softened, soft, lowered, shaded, low-key, subtle, unobtrusive, understated
sombre, dreary, dark
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