- To quell is to stop or quiet something.
An example of quell is to soothe someone’s anger.
- to crush; subdue; put an end to
- to quiet; allay
Origin: Middle English quellen from Old English cwellan, to kill, akin to qwalu, death, German quälen, torment, afflict from Indo-European base an unverified form gwel-, to stab, pain, death from source Old Irish at-baill, (he) dies
- queller noun
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transitive verb quelled, quell·ing, quells
- To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot.
- To pacify; quiet: finally quelled the children's fears.
Origin: Middle English quellen, to kill, from Old English cwellan; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.