AskDefine | Define quell

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1 suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion" [syn: squelch, quench]
2 overcome or allay; "quell my hunger" [syn: stay, appease]

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  • /kwɛl/

Etymology 1



  1. To take the life of; to kill.
  2. To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
  3. To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease.
    to quell grief
    to quell the tumult of the soul
  4. To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate.
transitive: to take the life of; to kill
transitive: to overpower, subdue, put down
transitive: to quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease
intransitive: to be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate

Etymology 2



  1. A spring or fountain.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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