quell


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quell \Quell\, v. t. [OE. quellen to kill, AS. cwellan,
   causative of cwelan to die; akin to OHG. quellen to torment,
   Icel. kvelja. See Quail to cower.]
   1. To take the life of; to kill. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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            The ducks cried as [if] men would them quelle.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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   2. To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
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            The nation obeyed the call, rallied round the
            sovereign, and enabled him to quell the disaffected
            minority.                             --Macaulay.
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            Northward marching to quell the sudden revolt.
                                                  --Longfellow.
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   3. To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease;
      as, to quell grief; to quell the tumult of the soul.
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            Much did his words the gentle lady quell. --Spenser.
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   Syn: to subdue; crush; overpower; reduce; put down; repress;
        suppress; quiet; allay; calm; pacify.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quell \Quell\, n.
   Murder. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quell \Quell\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quelled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Quelling.] [See Quail to cower.]
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   1. To die. [Obs.]
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            Yet he did quake and quaver, like to quell.
                                                  --Spenser.
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   2. To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate. [R.]
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            Winter's wrath begins to quell.       --Spenser.
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