Meaning of subjugate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsʌbdʒʊɡeɪt/

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[with object]
  • 1Bring under domination or control, especially by conquest.

    ‘the invaders had soon subjugated most of the population’
    • ‘It was designed to instil in young noblemen the qualities required to conquer new lands and subjugate their people on behalf of the king and the church.’
    • ‘For the most part, America is an abstaining superpower: it shows no real interest in conquering and subjugating the rest of the world, even though it can.’
    • ‘It is at this time that the idea of conquering a people and subjugating them became a viable model, rather than total extermination.’
    • ‘His brother Turanshah subjugated Nubia and conquered the Yemen in the 1170s.’
    • ‘This was a crusading order that conquered the Baltic and subjugated the people of Brandenburg-Prussia.’
    • ‘The concern in Paris and Berlin was that Washington's bid to subjugate Iraq and seize control of its huge oil reserves cut directly across European interests throughout the region.’
    • ‘Abuse is designed to control and subjugate another person through fear, humiliation, and verbal put downs.’
    • ‘There is also peace where one element does not dominate so much as subjugates the rest of the society, and where any signs of dissension are nipped in the bud.’
    • ‘Either we defeat them and liberate their populations, or they will defeat us and subjugate ours.’
    • ‘The Idirans, on the other hand, conquer the species they considered inferior and subjugate them into their righteous religious empire.’
    • ‘Oppressors usually try to remove dignity when subjugating victims; the shaven heads of the prison camps did not hurt - they demeaned.’
    • ‘Three years and two days ago, troops came to Afghanistan to free a people who had been subjugated by a cruel and vicious oppressor.’
    • ‘Having for a long time been subjugated to foreign rule and control, the people of Taiwan have never really formed their own nation.’
    • ‘Humiliation is a technique of deliberately subjugating a person or group by violating their dignity, and is often used as a political or military weapon.’
    • ‘Professor Davis's unorthodox methodology split historians over whether his estimates were plausible but they welcomed any attempt to fill a gap in the little-known story of Africans subjugating Europeans.’
    • ‘Perhaps Rosand's story, while exaggerated for dramatic effect, was something of a satire foretold: a dueller who opposed the war, a lover willingly subjugating his true feelings?’
    • ‘It's just that if one sees the rights of the foetus as taking priority then one is subjugating the right of the mother unfairly.’
    • ‘Sylvia Plath's diaries have shown she endured a relationship with Ted Hughes - one in which she subjugated herself and her talent for the greater good of him and his.’
    • ‘One governor, Hassan Pasha, was in constant war with tribes, once he subjugated a tribe, another would immediately rebel against him.’
    • ‘They subjugated women, destroyed centuries-old artefacts and killed dissenters.’
    conquer, vanquish, defeat, crush, quell, quash, gain mastery over, gain ascendancy over, gain control of, bring under the yoke, bring to heel, bring someone to their knees, overcome, overpower, hegemonize
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    1. 1.1subjugate someone/something toMake someone or something subordinate to.
      ‘the new ruler firmly subjugated the Church to the state’
      • ‘They attempt to bulldoze into our minds the crudity of their religion: subjugating our faiths to suppress us.’
      • ‘But I believe the people in New York were not occupying other people, were not subjugating other people to siege and closures, were not building settlements.’
      • ‘For one thing, our constitutional assertion of citizen control of corporations is still there, as is much of the language in the state codes that formally subjugates corporations to us.’
      • ‘But on many issues they have been just as ready to subjugate human rights to their political interests.’
      • ‘Counter subjugation means that one of the five elements subjugates the other opposite to the normal mutual subjugation order.’
      • ‘Nearly everyone forgot how talented Bather is because he subjugated his game to help the Blue Devils win 92 percent of the time his freshman and sophomore years.’
      • ‘Second, Gilman introduced the concept of ‘androcentricism’: the broad-based set of social practices, relationships, and institutions that systematically subjugated women to men.’’
      • ‘A lack of empathy with republican ideals leads him to doubt the value of the desire for independence that impels subjugated peoples to seek an escape from empire.’
      • ‘Throughout the course, the emphasis is on the struggles of subjugated groups to gain access to and define a meaningful education.’
      • ‘Democratization also may embolden formerly subjugated groups to lash out at their one-time oppressors.’
      • ‘I'm very grateful to find others like yourself who have overcome and continue to combat these fear ridden lunatics that try to subjugate our society to their truly malevolent goals.’
      • ‘There is an unhealthy tendency to subjugate films to the dictates of raising public awareness.’
      • ‘To subjugate all paths to the proofs of Science is to neglect the irrational and inexplicable mysteries of Creation.’
      • ‘For four decades, Taiwanese rights and interests were subjugated to those of the new arrivals, many of whom harbored the hope of reuniting with China.’
      • ‘After a brief spell of glory in the 1920s and 1930s, the Babelsberg Studios near Berlin were subjugated to the Nazi propaganda machine.’
      • ‘In the end, however, it's up to me to decide if I will be a willing pupil at any given time, to decide if I have little enough belief in my own feelings to subjugate them to the ways of another.’
      • ‘Within a generation, the spiritual authority was subjugated to the secular authority.’
      • ‘Worse still, in their name, those seven Maori members are subjugating them to absolute insults.’
      • ‘Sure, the Cartwrights are macho men of the land, but they're all about appreciating the natural beauty around them, not subjugating it to their whims and desires.’
      • ‘Nabokov's keys lead the reader away from truth and subjugate him to the authorial will, a technique that had been successfully tested by Gide a decade earlier.’


Late Middle English from late Latin subjugat- ‘brought under a yoke’, from the verb subjugare, based on jugum ‘yoke’.