Definitions for: Quash


[v] put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
[v] declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "avoid a plea"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quash, n.
Same as Squash.


Quash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quashed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Quashing.] [OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. cassare to
annihilate, annul, fr. cassus empty, vain, of uncertain
origin. The word has been confused with L. quassare to shake,
F. casser to break, which is probably of different origin.
Cf. Cashier, v. t.] (Law)
To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void; as, to quash an
indictment. --Blackstone.


Quash, v. t. [OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. quassare to
shake, shatter, shiver, v. intens. fr. quatere, quassum, to
shake, shatter. Cf. Concussion, Discuss, Rescue, and
also Quash to annul.]
1. To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to
crush.

The whales Against sharp rocks, like reeling
vessels, quashed, Though huge as mountains, are in
pieces dashed. --Waller.

2. To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily
and completely; as, to quash a rebellion.

Contrition is apt to quash or allay all worldly
grief. --Barrow.


Quash, v. i.
To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.

Synonyms: annul, avoid, invalidate, keep down, nullify, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate, void

Antonyms: formalise, formalize, validate

See Also: break, cancel, clamp down, crush, oppress, stet, strike down, suppress

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