verb (used with object)
- quasi contract
Origin of quash
Examples from the Web for quash
Fergie did nothing to quash rumors of remarriage when asked about the controversial subject this weekend, reports Tom Sykes.Fergie Remarriage Rumors Heat Up as She Says, ‘Andrew Will Always Be My Prince!’|Tom Sykes|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Egyptian forces have also launched a series of coordinated operations in Sinai in an attempt to quash rising insurgency.
But despite rumors of a Game of Thrones theme, Parker was quick to quash the speculation.Sean Parker Weds Alexandra Lenas, ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme a Mystery|Nina Strochlic|June 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It all seems perfectly choreographed to quash the assumption that she is no more than a little flirt.Petraeus Affair Stereotypes: The General, The Flirt And The Harlot|Robin Givhan|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Greater Israel crowd, however, is ready to sacrifice Israeli democracy to quash divergent views.
If he had, say fifteen hundred dollars, he could quash the indictment against him.The Four Pools Mystery|Jean Webster
I know you didn't, but you implied it, and I want to quash any such suggestion at once.The Come Back|Carolyn Wells
Five minutes in hell will quash forever all the infidel theories that ever were propounded in this world.The Great Commission|C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
Roebuck insists on it; and Disraeli announced his determined opposition to any attempt to quash it.The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume I (of II)|Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
They moved to quash the indictment on which he was brought to trial.
Word Origin for quash
"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.