Language: Old English
Origin: cwellan 'to kill'


quell [transitive] formal
1SCPPM to end a situation in which people are behaving violently or protesting, especially by using force [= put down]
quell the violence/disturbance/riot etc
Police used live ammunition to quell the disturbances.
2 literary to reduce or stop unpleasant feelings such as fear, doubt, or worry:
'Jerry?' she called, trying to quell the panic inside her.

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