Definitions for: Quell


[v] suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion"
[v] overcome or allay; "quell my hunger"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quell, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quelled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Quelling.] [See Quail to cower.]
1. To die. [Obs.]

Yet he did quake and quaver, like to quell.
--Spenser.

2. To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate. [R.]

Winter's wrath begins to quell. --Spenser.


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.

The ducks cried as [if] men would them quelle.
--Chaucer.

2. To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

The nation obeyed the call, rallied round the
sovereign, and enabled him to quell the disaffected
minority. --Macaulay.

Northward marching to quell the sudden revolt.
--Longfellow.

3. To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease;
as, to quell grief; to quell the tumult of the soul.

Much did his words the gentle lady quell. --Spenser.

Syn: to subdue; crush; overpower; reduce; put down; repress;
suppress; quiet; allay; calm; pacify.


Quell, n.
Murder. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: appease, quench, squelch, stay

See Also: conquer, curb, fill, fulfil, fulfill, inhibit, meet, satisfy, stamp down, subdue, suppress

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Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.

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