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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subjugation, subjectionnoun

    forced submission to control by others

  2. oppression, subjugationnoun

    the act of subjugating by cruelty

    "the tyrant's oppression of the people"

  3. conquest, conquering, subjection, subjugationnoun

    the act of conquering


  1. subjugationnoun

    The act of subjugating.

  2. subjugationnoun

    The state of being subjugated; forced control by others.

  3. Etymology: From subiugatio, from subiugare; see subjugate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Subjugationnoun

    The act of subduing.

    Etymology: from subjugate.

    This was the condition of the learned part of the world, after their subjugation by the Turks. Matthew Hale.


  1. subjugation

    Subjugate or subjugation is the action of enslaving using force or coercion on others. It could include forced labour such as slavery, serfdom, Penal labour, Labor camps; or paid voluntary labor that is involuntarily taxed leading to partial enslavement. It could happen to humans by other humans, from tyrannical governments on the population, or domesticated animals that are subjugated by their owner.


  1. subjugation

    Subjugation refers to the act of bringing someone, a group, or something under control or domination. It often involves mastering, conquering, defeating, subjecting, or suppressing. Subjugation can also denote the state or condition of being under such control or influence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subjugationnoun

    the act of subjugating, or the state of being subjugated

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. subjugation, LL. subjugatio.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subjugation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subjugation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of subjugation in a Sentence

  1. Quentin Crisp:

    Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing; nothing spoils a game more than those who take it seriously. Adultery? Phooey! You should never subjugate yourself to another nor seek the subjugation of someone else to yourself. If you follow that Crispian principle you will be able to say Phooey, too, instead of reaching for your gun when you fancy yourself betrayed.

  2. June Jordan:

    If any of us hopes to survive, s/he must meet the extremity of the American female condition with immediate and political response. The thoroughly destructive and indefensible subjugation of the majority of Americans cannot continue except at the peril of the entire body politic.

  3. Rob Collins:

    So, the other thing we have to be conscious of is that it would be easy to cast such an object as silly and frivolous and just about sexual gratification, but it could be a tool for perpetuating power imbalance and subjugation.

  4. Brigadier General James Linder:

    The Lake Chad nations are battling Boko Haram and we have a vested interest in that group of nations' collective success ... What Boko Harm is doing is a murderous rampage, about brutality intolerance and subjugation, our national leadership has been very clear that more was going to be done ... There is an ongoing discussion on how will we provide additional tools, techniques, and material to partner nations.

  5. Erika Christakis:

    The word ‘master’ can evoke thoughts of slavery and other forms of subjugation, and it has made me at times quite uncomfortable to be referred to as ‘master,’.

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
    • A. noninvasive
    • B. squashy
    • C. abrupt
    • D. alternate

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