Definition of quell in English:

quell

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Pronunciation: /kwɛl
 
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verb

[with object]
1Put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force: extra police were called to quell the disturbance
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  • 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.
Synonyms
put an end to, stamp out, put a stop to, end, finish, get rid of, crush, put down, check, crack down on, curb, nip in the bud, thwart, frustrate, squash, quash, subdue, suppress, repress, quench, extinguish, stifle, abolish, terminate, beat, overcome, defeat, rout, destroy, demolish, annihilate, wipe out, extirpate
1.1Subdue or silence (someone): Connor quelled him with a look
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  • 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): she quelled an urge to race up the stairs
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  • 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.
Synonyms
calm, soothe, pacify, settle, quieten, quiet, put at rest, lull, silence, put behind one, rise above, allay, appease, stay, assuage, abate, deaden, dull, tranquillize, mitigate, moderate, palliate

Origin

Old English cwellan 'kill', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kwellen and German quälen.

Derivatives

queller

noun
More example sentences
  • This idea is complicated by the presence of a mythical figure like Shoki, the demon queller.

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