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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Subdue \Sub*due"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subdued; p. pr. & vb. n. Subduing.] [OE. soduen, OF. sosduire to seduce, L. subtus below (fr. sub under) + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Subduct.] 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. [1913 Webster] I will subdue all thine enemies. --1 Chron. xvii. 10. [1913 Webster] 2. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush. [1913 Webster] Nothing could have subdued nature To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters. --Shak. [1913 Webster] If aught . . . were worthy to subdue The soul of man. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties. [1913 Webster] 6. To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears. [1913 Webster] 7. To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds. [1913 Webster] 8. To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors. [1913 Webster] Syn: To conquer; overpower; overcome; surmount; vanquish. See Conquer. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

98 Moby Thesaurus words for "subduing": Cadmean victory, KO, Pyrrhic victory, Waterloo, abating, allaying, alleviating, alleviative, analgesic, anesthetic, anodyne, ascendancy, assuaging, assuasive, balmy, balsamic, beating, benumbing, blunting, cathartic, championship, chastening, cleansing, collapse, conquering, conquest, crash, cushioning, dampening, damping, deadening, deathblow, debacle, defeat, demulcent, destruction, diminishing, downfall, drubbing, dulling, easing, easy victory, emollient, failure, fall, grand slam, hiding, knockout, lambasting, landslide, landslide victory, lathering, lenitive, lessening, licking, loosening, mastery, mitigating, mitigative, mollifying, moral victory, numbing, overcoming, overthrow, overturn, pain-killing, palliative, picnic, purgative, pushover, quietus, reducing, relaxing, relieving, remedial, ruin, runaway victory, smash, softening, soothing, subdual, subjugation, success, tempering, thrashing, total victory, trimming, triumph, trouncing, undoing, vanquishment, victory, walkaway, walkover, whipping, win, winning, winning streak