quell


1quell

verb \ˈkwel\

: to end or stop (something) usually by using force

: to calm or reduce (something, such as fear or worry)

Full Definition of QUELL

transitive verb
1
:  to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity <quell a riot>
2
:  quiet, pacify <quell fears>
quell·er noun

Examples of QUELL

  1. <the National Guard was called in to help quell the late-night disturbances downtown>
  2. <the principal held up her hand to quell the students so they could hear the urgent announcement>

Origin of QUELL

Middle English, to kill, quell, from Old English cwellan to kill; akin to Old High German quellen to torture, kill, quāla torment, Lithuanian gelti to hurt
First Known Use: 13th century

2quell

noun

Definition of QUELL

1
obsolete :  slaughter
2
archaic :  the power of quelling

Origin of QUELL

Middle English, from quellen to kill
First Known Use: 15th century

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