verb (used with object)
Origin of quash
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?|David Freedlander|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ben Teitelbaum|February 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Geoffrey Robertson|March 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Evan Wright|June 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If you agree that it was all true, then you will have to pay the costs on both sides, and the indictment can be quashed.Cousin Henry|Anthony Trollope
He then quashed the charge, and decided to wait for information.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
But his cruel insults now quashed despair and roused dormant indignation to fever pitch.The Nest of the Sparrowhawk|Baroness Orczy
This indictment, I claim, is bad for two reasons, and should be quashed.
But no action can be brought against a justice for a wrongful conviction until it has been quashed.
British Dictionary definitions for quashed
Word Origin for quash
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.