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quell

verb \ ˈkwel \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of quell

transitive verb
1 : to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity
  • quell a riot
2 : quiet, pacify
  • quell fears

queller

noun

Examples of quell in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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quell

noun

Definition of quell

1 obsolete : slaughter
2 archaic : the power of quelling

Recent Examples of quell from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of quell

Middle English, from quellen to kill


QUELL Defined for English Language Learners

quell

verb

Definition of quell for English Language Learners

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

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


QUELL Defined for Kids

quell

verb \ ˈkwel \

Definition of quell for Students

quelled; quelling
1 : to stop or end by force
  • Police quelled a riot.
2 : 4quiet, calm
  • He quelled their fears.


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