quash

verb (1)
\ ˈkwäsh How to pronounce quash (audio) , ˈkwȯsh\
quashed; quashing; quashes

Definition of quash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely quash a rebellion

quash

verb (2)
quashed; quashing; quashes

Definition of quash (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to nullify especially by judicial action quash an indictment

First Known Use of quash

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quash

Verb (1)

Middle English quashen to smash, from Anglo-French quasser, casser, from Latin quassare to shake violently, shatter, frequentative of quatere to shake

Verb (2)

Middle English quassen, from Anglo-French casser, quasser to annul, from Late Latin cassare, from Latin cassus void

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The first known use of quash was in the 13th century

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\ ˈkwäsh, ˈkwȯsh How to pronounce quash (audio) \

Legal Definition of quash

: to make void : annul sense 2 quash a subpoena

History and Etymology for quash

Anglo-French quasser, from Middle French casser quasser, from Late Latin cassare, from Latin cassus void

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