- 1Put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force: extra police were called to quell the disturbanceMore example sentences
- The key early win was getting an interim city council elected on May 5, only two weeks after forces arrived to begin quelling widespread disorder.
- Existing ‘loyalist’ forces were unable to quell the rebellion and reinforcements had to be called from China.
- Members of the 800th Military Police Brigade had to use lethal force several times to quell prisoner uprisings, the report says.
- 1.1Subdue or silence someone: Connor quelled him with a lookMore example sentences
- After quelling the crowd somewhat, he and Mr. Timberlake gave each other a high-five.
- He quelled James McFadden with his hardy yet wholesome intercessions.
- Those in yellow and white candy-stripes threatened to be sweet meat for the Leith club as they found themselves being dragged every which way as they sought to quell opponents brimming with attacking invention.
- 1.2Suppress (a feeling, especially an unpleasant one): he spoke up again to quell any panic among the assembled youngstersMore example sentences
- Private security patrols could be deployed in the borough for the first time to quell fears of crime among residents near Wandsworth Common.
- You'll be amazed at how much difference sunlight makes to quelling those anxious feelings.
- I tried to stifle the thoughts, tried to quell the overwhelming feeling of being trapped in circumstances.
Old English cwellan 'kill', of Germanic origin; related to German quälen 'torture'.