quell [kwel] v [T] formal
[: Old English; Origin: cwellan 'to kill']
1.) to end a situation in which people are behaving violently or protesting, especially by using force
= ↑put down
quell the violence/disturbance/riot etc
Police used live ammunition to quell the disturbances.
2.) literary to reduce or stop unpleasant feelings such as fear, doubt, or worry
'Jerry?' she called, trying to quell the panic inside her.

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  • Quell — Quell, v. t. [OE. quellen to kill, AS. cwellan, causative of cwelan to die; akin to OHG. quellen to torment, Icel. kvelja. See {Quail} to cower.] 1. To take the life of; to kill. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] The ducks cried as [if] men would… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quell — Quell, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quelling}.] [See {Quail} to cower.] [1913 Webster] 1. To die. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Yet he did quake and quaver, like to quell. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To be subdued or abated; to yield;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quell — quell·able; quell·er; quell; …   English syllables

  • Quell — Quell, n. Murder. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quell — [ kwel ] verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) to cause a violent situation to end: Mounted police were called in to quell the riot. 2. ) MAINLY LITERARY to get rid of unpleasant thoughts or feelings, or prevent them from becoming stronger …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • quell — [v1] defeat, suppress annihilate, conquer, crush, extinguish, hush up*, kill, overcome, overpower, put down, put the lid on*, queer, quench, shut down, silence, sit on, stamp out*, stifle, stop, subdue, subjugate, vanquish; concepts 95,121,234… …   New thesaurus

  • quell — index abate (extinguish), allay, alleviate, arrest (stop), assuage, beat (defeat) …   Law dictionary

  • Quell — Quell,der:1.⇨Quelle(1)–2.⇨Bach(1) …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • quell — (v.) O.E. cwellan to kill, murder, execute, from P.Gmc. *kwaljanan (Cf. O.E. cwelan to die, cwalu violent death; O.S. quellian to torture, kill; O.N. kvelja to torment; M.Du. quelen to vex, tease, torment; O.H.G. quellan …   Etymology dictionary

  • quell — *crush, extinguish, suppress, quench, quash Analogous words: *destroy: wreck, *ruin: subdue, subjugate, overcome, vanquish, *conquer Antonyms: foment …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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