verb (used with object)
Origin of quell
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|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Silverman|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People who knew Jack in real life did little to quell the rumors.Death of Hero Hacker Barnaby Jack Ruled a Drug Overdose|Brandy Zadrozny|January 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has sent officials to Macao to quell disturbances there, and order has been given that all Castilians there shall be sent away.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591|Emma Helen Blair
Iatrochemistry provided a substitution in the form of medicinals to quell the flow of blood for therapeutic purposes.
Her voice once drowned by the shout of ruffian defiance, and I shall be full of impulses to resist and quell.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
There was one way in which he could quell that clamor and turn it into a tumult of applause, but that way should not be taken.The Shadow of a Crime|Hall Caine
Our scout, Al Met, has brought word that much of their force has been called away to quell the Wahs.Chatterbox, 1905.|Various
British Dictionary definitions for quell
Word Origin for quell
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.