quell

  • 1 Quell — Quell, v. t. [OE. quellen to kill, AS. cwellan, causative of cwelan to die; akin to OHG. quellen to torment, Icel. kvelja. See {Quail} to cower.] 1. To take the life of; to kill. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] The ducks cried as [if] men would… …

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  • 2 Quell — Quell, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quelling}.] [See {Quail} to cower.] [1913 Webster] 1. To die. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Yet he did quake and quaver, like to quell. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To be subdued or abated; to yield;… …

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  • 3 quell — [kwel] v [T] formal [: Old English; Origin: cwellan to kill ] 1.) to end a situation in which people are behaving violently or protesting, especially by using force = ↑put down quell the violence/disturbance/riot etc ▪ Police used live ammunition …

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  • 4 quell — quell·able; quell·er; quell; …

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  • 5 Quell — Quell, n. Murder. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 quell — [ kwel ] verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) to cause a violent situation to end: Mounted police were called in to quell the riot. 2. ) MAINLY LITERARY to get rid of unpleasant thoughts or feelings, or prevent them from becoming stronger …

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  • 7 quell — [v1] defeat, suppress annihilate, conquer, crush, extinguish, hush up*, kill, overcome, overpower, put down, put the lid on*, queer, quench, shut down, silence, sit on, stamp out*, stifle, stop, subdue, subjugate, vanquish; concepts 95,121,234… …

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  • 8 quell — index abate (extinguish), allay, alleviate, arrest (stop), assuage, beat (defeat) …

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  • 9 Quell — Quell,der:1.⇨Quelle(1)–2.⇨Bach(1) …

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  • 10 quell — (v.) O.E. cwellan to kill, murder, execute, from P.Gmc. *kwaljanan (Cf. O.E. cwelan to die, cwalu violent death; O.S. quellian to torture, kill; O.N. kvelja to torment; M.Du. quelen to vex, tease, torment; O.H.G. quellan …

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  • 11 quell — *crush, extinguish, suppress, quench, quash Analogous words: *destroy: wreck, *ruin: subdue, subjugate, overcome, vanquish, *conquer Antonyms: foment …

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  • 12 quell — ► VERB 1) put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by force. 2) subdue or suppress. ORIGIN Old English, «kill» …

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  • 13 quell — [kwel] vt. [ME quellen < OE cwellan, to kill, akin to qwalu, death, Ger quälen, torment, afflict < IE base * gwel , to stab, pain, death > OIr at baill, (he) dies] 1. to crush; subdue; put an end to 2. to quiet; allay n. Obs. a killing;… …

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  • 14 quell|er — «KWEHL uhr», noun. a person or thing that quells or suppresses: »A dollop of the reeking riot queller [tear gas] spilled and gas masks were donned (Time) …

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  • 15 quell — [OE] Quell and kill are probably closely related – indeed, in Old and Middle English quell was used for ‘kill’ (‘birds and small beasts with his bow he quells’, William of Palerne 1350). Quell goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *kwaljan (source… …

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  • 16 quell — [[t]kwɛl[/t]] v. t. 1) to suppress; subdue; crush: to quell an uprising[/ex] 2) to quiet; allay: to quell a child s fear of thunder[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE cwellan to kill; akin to G quӓlen to vex, ON kvelja to torment; cf. kill I… …

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  • 17 quell — [OE] Quell and kill are probably closely related – indeed, in Old and Middle English quell was used for ‘kill’ (‘birds and small beasts with his bow he quells’, William of Palerne 1350). Quell goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *kwaljan (source… …

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  • 18 quell — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, to kill, quell, from Old English cwellan to kill; akin to Old High German quellen to torture, kill, quāla torment, Lithuanian gelti to hurt Date: 13th century 1. to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to… …

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  • 19 quell — [[t]kwe̱l[/t]] quells, quelling, quelled 1) VERB To quell opposition or violent behaviour means to stop it. [V n] Troops eventually quelled the unrest. 2) VERB If you quell an unpleasant feeling such as fear or anger, you stop yourself or other… …

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  • 20 quell — verb (T) formal 1 to bring an end to a violent situation especially when people are protesting: quell a riot/revolt/disturbance etc: They needed more troops to quell the ever rising tide of rioting. 2 to reduce unpleasant feelings, especially of… …

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