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Friday, September 24, 2004

Definitions for quash

  1. (Law) To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void; as, "to quash an indictment."
  2. To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely; as, "to quash a rebellion."

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Citations for quash
The Shelby Globe attributed her death to acute heart failure and yellow jaundice and did its best to quash a curious town rumor that had her being poisoned by eating oyster sandwiches. Tim Page, Dawn Powell: A Biography
The German-French entente made NATO intervention to quash the Balkan civil wars possible, and the collapse of the Soviet Union made NATO's intervention deep into the former Soviet sphere of influence permissible. Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times
Origin of quash
Quash comes from Medieval French quasser, from Latin quassare, "to shake violently, to shatter," frequentative form of quatere, "to shake." Quash, "to annul," has been sense-influenced by Late Latin cassare, "to annul," from Latin cassus, "empty," whereas quash, "to crush," has been sense-influenced by squash.