quell

verb
\ ˈkwel How to pronounce quell (audio) \
quelled; quelling; quells

Definition of quell

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

quell

noun

Definition of quell (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : slaughter
2 archaic : the power of quelling

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Other Words from quell

Verb

queller noun

Examples of quell in a Sentence

Verb the National Guard was called in to help quell the late-night disturbances downtown the principal held up her hand to quell the students so they could hear the urgent announcement
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Thursday, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced tougher measures to quell the violence and stiffen penalties for vandalism in an effort to restore social order. Fox News, "Chilean vandals loot Catholic church, set fire to religious artifacts," 9 Nov. 2019 His death is expected to spark fresh protests and escalate public outcry against the police force, which is already accused of using excessive force in its bid to quell the city’s worst political crisis in decades. Hillary Leung / Hong Kong, Time, "Hong Kong Student Who Fell From Height During a Protest Dies," 8 Nov. 2019 Legislative seats also were on the ballot in New Jersey, with Democrats positioned to maintain their overwhelming majorities and quell any opportunity for Trump to suggest that the Republicans were encroaching on Democratic territory ahead of 2020. Bill Barrow, Twin Cities, "Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call," 6 Nov. 2019 Pinera announced a state of emergency and deployed the Chilean army to quell the rebellion. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Copa Libertadores final moved from Chile to Peru because of civil unrest," 6 Nov. 2019 Legislative seats also were on the ballot in New Jersey, with Democrats positioned to maintain their overwhelming majorities and quell any opportunity for Trump to suggest that the Republicans were encroaching on Democratic territory ahead of 2020. Anchorage Daily News, "Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call," 6 Nov. 2019 Legislative seats also were on the ballot in New Jersey, with Democrats positioned to maintain their overwhelming majorities and quell any opportunity for Trump to suggest that the Republicans were encroaching on Democratic territory ahead of 2020. BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats took full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in more than two decades while the race for governor in deeply Republican Kentucky was too close to call despite a last-minute boost from President Donald Trump.," 6 Nov. 2019 The intention to quell the spread of malicious deepfakes before the 2020 election is laudable. Wired, "Opinion: California’s Anti-Deepfake Law Is Far Too Feeble," 5 Nov. 2019 Legislative seats also were on the ballot in New Jersey, with Democrats positioned to maintain their overwhelming majorities and quell any opportunity for Trump to suggest that the Republicans were encroaching on Democratic territory ahead of 2020. Bill Barrow, chicagotribune.com, "Tuesday’s election results: Democrat declares victory in Kentucky governor race that’s too close to call; state of Virginia goes blue," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of quell

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quell

Verb

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

Noun

Middle English, from quellen to kill

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12 Nov 2019

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

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quell

verb
How to pronounce quell (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quell

: to end or stop (something) usually by using force
: to calm or reduce (something, such as fear or worry)

quell

verb
\ ˈkwel How to pronounce quell (audio) \
quelled; quelling

Kids Definition of quell

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

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