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Meaning of QUASH

Pronunciation:  kwâsh

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [v]  declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "avoid a plea"

QUASH is a 5 letter word that starts with Q.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Quash\, n.
    Same as {Squash}.
  2. \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.
  3. \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
             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.
  4. \Quash\, v. i.
    To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: To vacate or void a summons, subpoena, etc.