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Meaning of QUELL

Pronunciation:  kwel

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

QUELL is a 5 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: appease, quench, squelch, stay
 See Also: conquer, curb, fill, fulfil, fulfill, inhibit, meet, satisfy, stamp down, subdue, suppress



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate. [R.]
             Winter's wrath begins to quell.       --Spenser.
  2. \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.
    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.
    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.
  3. \Quell\, n.
    Murder. [Obs.] --Shak.