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quash

[kwosh] /kwɒʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue:
to quash a rebellion.
2.
to make void, annul, or set aside (a law, indictment, decision, etc.).
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English quashen to smash, break, overcome, suppress < Old French quasser, in part < Latin quassāre to shake (frequentative of quatere to shake; cf. concussion); in part < Late Latin cassāre to annul, derivative of Latin cassus empty, void
Related forms
unquashed, adjective
Synonyms
1. crush, squash, quench, repress.
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Examples for quash
  • And that's one of the levers they are using to quash reform.
  • Security companies, cellular operators and phone makers are moving to quash these threats before they spiral out of control.
  • He quickly backed down, but that did not quash discontent.
  • The point is that a public university is supposed to nurture free speech and free thought, not quash them.
  • So the imposition of price caps in a given country will not necessarily quash innovation there, thanks to the lure of exports.
  • Latter ruling family is also moving to quash opposition.
  • The refugees fear that the government wants them repatriated so it can quash all evidence of the killings.
  • The regime, in its bloodthirsty fashion, has upped its firepower to quash opponents with weaponry they cannot match.
  • Firefighters race to quash wildfire before winds whip up.
  • It takes more than mere shock or disgust to quash my native desire to express my opinion, no matter how ill-advised or uninformed.
British Dictionary definitions for quash

quash

/kwɒʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to subdue forcefully and completely; put down; suppress
2.
to annul or make void (a law, decision, etc)
3.
to reject (an indictment, writ, etc) as invalid
Word Origin
C14: from Old French quasser, from Latin quassāre to shake
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Word Origin and History for quash
quash
"to make void, annul, crush," early 14c., from O.Fr. quasser "to break, smash," from L. quassare "to shatter," frequentative of quatere "to shake" (pp. quassus). Meaning "suppress" is from M.L. quassare "make null and void," from L. cassus "empty, void," influenced by quassare.
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