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quell

[ kwel ]
/ kw蓻l /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of quell

before 900; Middle English quellen,Old English cwellan to kill; akin to Old Norse kvelja to torment, German qu盲len to vex; cf. kill1

OTHER WORDS FROM quell

quell路a路ble, adjectivequeller, nounun路quell路a路ble, adjectiveun路quelled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH quell

quail, quell , quill
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British Dictionary definitions for quell

quell
/ (kw蓻l) /

verb (tr)
to suppress or beat down (rebellion, disorder, etc); subdue
to overcome or allayto quell pain; to quell grief

Derived forms of quell

queller, noun

Word Origin for quell

Old English cwellan to kill; related to Old Saxon quellian, Old High German quellen, Old Norse kvelja to torment
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