Definition of "quell" []

  • To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot. (verb-transitive)
  • To pacify; quiet: finally quelled the children's fears. (verb-transitive)
  • To suppress or beat down (rebellion, disorder, etc); subdue (verb)

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  • To overcome or allay (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "quell" in a sentence
  • "Errahman, and Vizier and Sultan amuse themselves by undertaking plundering expeditions against insurrectionary tribes, whose sedition they first stimulate, and then quell, that is to say, by receiving from the unlucky rebels a handsome gratification."
  • "November, Sony Music issued a track called quell rumours that some of Jackson's vocals on the album were "fake"."
  • "I think actually he reached out very aggressively basically to the right during the campaign, kind of quell these fears that he was soft on Israel."