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Monday, April 15, 2013

Definitions for quell

  1. to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: The troops quelled the rebellion quickly.
  2. to vanquish; subdue.
  3. to quiet or allay (emotions, anxieties, etc.): The child's mother quelled his fears of the thunder.

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Citations for quell
Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry sworn: Either to quell the Dauphin utterly, Or bring him in obedience to your yoke. William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part One, 1597
He was being pressured to re-enlist and lead a forward expedition to India to quell a rebellion on the India-Pakistan border. Kurt Philip Behm, The Sword of Ichiban, 2010
Origin of quell
900
From the Old English cwellan, quell has been spelled with a "q" since the late 1200s. The Old English was a cognate for the Middle Dutch quellen meaning "to torture."