- to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue: to quash a rebellion.
- to make void, annul, or set aside (a law, indictment, decision, etc.).
Origin of quash
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Examples from the Web for quashed
She has quashed the efforts of municipalities to raise their own minimum wage.The Democrats’ Great Plains Firewall: Can Joe Dorman Take the Oklahoma Statehouse?
October 3, 2014
If there was any hope for an epic comeback, Percy Harvin quashed it by taking the second half kickoff to the house.Super Blowout: Seahawks Buck Broncos to Take Home the Championship Title
February 3, 2014
The Supreme Court quashed the findings of guilt, but the president refused to obey their orders.Geoffrey Robertson: Sri Lanka’s Shameful Attack on Chief Justice
March 1, 2013
A subpoena compelling him to testify before a federal grand jury was quashed.Did a CIA Agent Work for the Mob? Excerpt from Evan Wright’s New Book
June 28, 2012
For one moment I drew a breath of hope; and then my hope was quashed.Daisy
Somebody's darling's ideals were quashed; Somebody's darling went unwashed.A Yeoman's Letters
P. T. Ross
He then quashed the charge, and decided to wait for information.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
The conviction was quashed on December 18 by the High Court.The Annual Register 1914
The matter was examined and the legate ordered the suit to be quashed.
- to subdue forcefully and completely; put down; suppress
- to annul or make void (a law, decision, etc)
- to reject (an indictment, writ, etc) as invalid
Word Origin and History for quashed
"to make void, annul," early 14c., from Old French quasser, casser "to annul, declare void," and directly from Medieval Latin quassare, alteration of Late Latin cassare, from cassus "null, void, empty" (see caste (n.)).
Meaning "to break, crush," is early 14c., from Old French quasser, casser "to break, smash, injure, harm, weaken," from Latin quassare "to shatter," frequentative of quatere (past participle quassus) "to shake," from PIE root *kwet- "to shake" (cf. Greek passein "to sprinkle," Lithuanian kuteti "to shake up," Old Saxon skuddian "to move violently," German schütteln "to shake," Old English scudan "to hasten").
The words have influenced each other in form and sense since Medieval Latin and now are somewhat grown together. Related: Quashed; quashing.