Synonyms and Antonyms of quell
to put a stop to (something) by the use of force
- The National Guard was called in to help quell the late-night disturbances downtown.
clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, put down, quash, repress, silence, slap down, snuff (out), squash, squelch, subdue, suppress
douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench
smother, stifle, strangle, throttle
annihilate, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, nuke, rub out, ruin, smash, waste, wreck
exterminate, obliterate, wipe out
conquer, dominate, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, subdue, subjugate, vanquish
abet, aid, assist, back, help, prop up, support
foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir, whip (up)
advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote
to stop the noise or speech of
- The principal held up her hand to quell the students so they could hear the urgent announcement.