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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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British Dictionary definitions for quashes

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 quashes
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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