- to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: The troops quelled the rebellion quickly.
- to vanquish; subdue.
- to quiet or allay (emotions, anxieties, etc.): The child's mother quelled his fears of the thunder.
Origin of quell
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Examples from the Web for quell
This is where Schwarz comes in: to quell concerns, advise about procedures, and follow up with loved ones.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation
November 17, 2014
My question is simply this: where are the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in seeking to quell potential violence?
Question: Does anyone believe this coalition will use a 48-hour window to quell violence?
Afterwards, a slew of major NBA reporters did their best to quell the giddy, growing mob.LeBron James Returns to Cleveland: How 'The Decision 2.0' Happened
July 11, 2014
People who knew Jack in real life did little to quell the rumors.Death of Hero Hacker Barnaby Jack Ruled a Drug Overdose
January 4, 2014
Grendel now, monster cruel, be mine to quell in single battle!Beowulf
Not that you can replace Hilary, but you need solitude to quell your pride.Father Sergius
He should be able to quell a mutiny, check a mob or stamp out a rebellion.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
There was only one way to quell this mutiny, and that was to soothe it away.In a Little Town
To quell this feeling, a reorganization of the army was effected.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
- to suppress or beat down (rebellion, disorder, etc); subdue
- to overcome or allayto quell pain; to quell grief
Word Origin and History for quell
Old English cwellan "to kill, murder, execute," from Proto-Germanic *kwaljanan (cf. Old English cwelan "to die," cwalu "violent death;" Old Saxon quellian "to torture, kill;" Old Norse kvelja "to torment;" Middle Dutch quelen "to vex, tease, torment;" Old High German quellan "to suffer pain," German quälen "to torment, torture"), from PIE *gwele- "to throw, reach," with extended sense of "to pierce" (cf. Armenian kelem "I torture;" Old Church Slavonic zali "pain;" Lithuanian galas "end," gela "agony," gelati "to sting"). Milder sense of "suppress, extinguish" developed by c.1300. Related: Quelled; quelling.