quash


1quash

transitive verb \ˈkwäsh, ˈkwsh\

Definition of QUASH

:  to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely <quash a rebellion>

Origin of QUASH

Middle English quashen to smash, from Anglo-French quasser, casser, from Latin quassare to shake violently, shatter, frequentative of quatere to shake
First Known Use: 13th century

2quash

transitive verb

Definition of QUASH

:  to nullify especially by judicial action <quash an indictment>

Origin of QUASH

Middle English quassen, from Anglo-French casser, quasser to annul, from Late Latin cassare, from Latin cassus void
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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