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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( a.) Exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation.

(2): ( v. t.) To bring under control, power, or dominion; to make subject; to subordinate; to subdue.

(3): ( a.) Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation.

(4): ( a.) Placed under the power of another; specifically (International Law), owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state; as, Jamaica is subject to Great Britain.

(5): ( v. t.) To submit; to make accountable.

(6): ( a.) Obedient; submissive.

(7): ( a.) That which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else.

(8): ( a.) Specifically: One who is under the authority of a ruler and is governed by his laws; one who owes allegiance to a sovereign or a sovereign state; as, a subject of Queen Victoria; a British subject; a subject of the United States.

(9): ( a.) That which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically (Anat.), a dead body used for the purpose of dissection.

(10): ( a.) That which is brought under thought or examination; that which is taken up for discussion, or concerning which anything is said or done.

(11): ( a.) The person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; the chief character.

(12): ( a.) That of which anything is affirmed or predicated; the theme of a proposition or discourse; that which is spoken of; as, the nominative case is the subject of the verb.

(13): ( a.) That in which any quality, attribute, or relation, whether spiritual or material, inheres, or to which any of these appertain; substance; substratum.

(14): ( a.) Hence, that substance or being which is conscious of its own operations; the mind; the thinking agent or principal; the ego. Cf. Object, n., 2.

(15): ( n.) The principal theme, or leading thought or phrase, on which a composition or a movement is based.

(16): ( n.) The incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent.

(17): ( v. t.) To make subservient.

(18): ( v. t.) To expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions.

(19): ( v. t.) To cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test.

King James Dictionary [2]

Subject, a.

1. Placed or situate under.

--The eastern tower whose height commands, as subject, all the vale, to see the fight.

2. Being under the power and dominion of another as, Jamaica is subject to Great Britain.

Esau was never subject to Jacob.

3. Exposed liable from extraneous causes as a country subject to extreme heat or cold. 4. Liable from inherent causes prone disposed.

All human things are subject to decay.

5. Being that on which nay thing operates, whether intellectual or material as the subject-matter of a discourse. 6. Obedient.  Titus 3 .  Colossians 2 .

Subject, n. L.

1. One that owes allegiance to a sovereign and is governed by his laws. The natives of Great Britain are subjects of the British government. The natives of the United States, and naturalized foreigners, are subjects of the federal government. Men in free governments, are subjects as well as citizens as citizens, they enjoy rights and franchises as subjects, they are bound to obey the laws.

The subject must obey his prince, because God commands it, and human laws require it.

2. That on which any mental operation is performed that which is treated or handled as a subject of discussion before the legislature a subject of negotiation.

This subject for heroic song pleasd me.

The subject of a proposition is that concerning which any thing is affirmed or denied.

3. That on which any physical operation is performed as a subject for dissection or amputation. 4. That in which any thing inheres or exists.

Anger is certainly a kind of baseness, as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns.

5. The person who is treated of the hero of a piece.

Authors of biography are apt to be prejudiced in favor of their subject.

6. In grammar, the nominative case to a verb passive.


1. To bring under the power or dominion of. Alexander subjected a great part of the civilized world to his dominion.

Firmness of mind that subjects every gratification of sense to the rule of right reason--

2. To put under or within the power of.

In one short view subjected to our eye, gods, emperors, heroes, sages, beauties lie.

3. To enslave to make obnoxious.

He is the most subjected, the most enslaved, who is so in his understanding.

4. To expose to make liable. Credulity subjects a person to impositions. 5. To submit to make accountable.

God is not bound to subject his ways of operation to the scrutiny of our thoughts--

6. To make subservient.

--Subjected to his service angel wings.

7. To cause to undergo as, to subject a substance to a white heat to subject it to a rigid test.