quell

[ kwel ]
/ kwɛl /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. queerness,
  2. queersplain,
  3. quelch,
  4. quelea,
  5. quelimane,
  6. queller,
  7. quellung reaction,
  8. quelpart,
  9. quelque-chose,
  10. quelquechose

Origin of quell

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

SYNONYMS FOR quell
ANTONYMS FOR quell
1, 2. foster. 3. agitate.

Related formsquell·a·ble, adjectivequell·er, nounun·quell·a·ble, adjectiveun·quelled, adjective

Can be confusedquail quell quill

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British Dictionary definitions for queller

quell

/ (kwɛl) /

verb (tr)

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