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VERB (2)

1. suppress or crush completely;
- Example: "squelch any sign of dissent"
- Example: "quench a rebellion"
[syn: squelch, quell, quench]

2. overcome or allay;
- Example: "quell my hunger"
[syn: quell, stay, appease]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 them quelle. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To overpower; to subdue; to put down. [1913 Webster] The nation obeyed the call, rallied round the sovereign, and enabled him to quell the disaffected minority. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Northward marching to quell the sudden revolt. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 3. To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease; as, to quell grief; to quell the tumult of the soul. [1913 Webster] Much did his words the gentle lady quell. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Syn: to subdue; crush; overpower; reduce; put down; repress; suppress; quiet; allay; calm; pacify. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quell \Quell\, n. Murder. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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; to abate. [R.] [1913 Webster] Winter's wrath begins to quell. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

quell v 1: suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion" [syn: squelch, quell, quench] 2: overcome or allay; "quell my hunger" [syn: quell, stay, appease]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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