[ kwosh ]
/ kwɒʃ /

verb (used with object)

to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue: to quash a rebellion.
to make void, annul, or set aside (a law, indictment, decision, etc.).

Nearby words

  1. quartziferous,
  2. quartzite,
  3. quartzitic,
  4. quasar,
  5. quasars,
  6. quasheba,
  7. quashee,
  8. quashi,
  9. quasi,
  10. quasi contract

Origin of quash

1300–50; Middle English quashen to smash, break, overcome, suppress < Old French quasser, in part < Latin quassāre to shake (frequentative of quatere to shake; cf. concussion); in part < Late Latin cassāre to annul, derivative of Latin cassus empty, void

Related formsun·quashed, adjective

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/ (kwɒʃ) /

verb (tr)

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 for quash

C14: from Old French quasser, from Latin quassāre to shake

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