verb (used with object)
to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: The troops quelled the rebellion quickly.
to vanquish; subdue.
to quiet or allay (emotions, anxieties, etc.): The child's mother quelled his fears of the thunder.

before 900; Middle English quellen, Old English cwellan to kill; akin to Old Norse kvelja to torment, German quälen to vex; cf. kill1

quellable, adjective
queller, noun
unquellable, adjective
unquelled, adjective

kill, kiln, quell.

1, 2. crush, quash, overpower, overcome, defeat, conquer, quench. 3. calm, pacify, compose, hush.

1, 2. foster. 3. agitate.
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quell (kwɛl)
1.  to suppress or beat down (rebellion, disorder, etc); subdue
2.  to overcome or allay: to quell pain; to quell grief
[Old English cwellan to kill; related to Old Saxon quellian, Old High German quellen, Old Norse kvelja to torment]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cwellan "to kill, murder, execute," from P.Gmc. *kwaljanan (cf. O.E. cwelan "to die," cwalu "violent death;" O.S. quellian "to torture, kill;" O.N. kvelja "to torment;" M.Du. quelen "to vex, tease, torment;" O.H.G. quellan "to suffer pain," Ger. qualen "to torment, torture"), from root *kwel-/*kwal-
(cf. Armenian kelem "I torture;" O.C.S. zali "pain;" Lith. galas "end," gela "agony," gelati "to sting"). Milder sense of "suppress, extinguish" developed by c.1300.
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Example sentences
The short spring is already a distant memory, and the heat- and dust-quelling monsoon rains are still weeks away.
They needed to be adept in accounting procedures and pursuing outlaws in quelling riots and arranging court sessions.
Have a plan for communicating information to parents and for quelling rumors.
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