- 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 unquelled
The storm overhead had abated, but the rage of the sea was unquelled.The Stolen Singer
Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
When he wrote this he had already shown what his unquelled energy could accomplish.Bacon
Richard William Church
It sounded to Cap'n Oliver strangely like a voice out of his past, unquelled by fears and abnegations.Country Neighbors
Nevertheless, with a dogged persistency unusual to our Gallic neighbours, they continued to fight with unquelled vigour.The Great War in England in 1897
William Le Queux
- to suppress or beat down (rebellion, disorder, etc); subdue
- to overcome or allayto quell pain; to quell grief
Word Origin and History for unquelled
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.