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Definition of Quell


  1. To die.
  2. To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate.
  3. To take the life of; to kill.
  4. To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
  5. To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease; as, to quell grief; to quell the tumult of the soul.
  6. Murder.

Quell Quotations

Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.
Karl Marx

When there is an influenza threat, drop everything and focus on risks from influenza pandemics. When SARS spreads, focus on unknown respiratory diseases. This approach helps to quell public concern, but it's a hugely inefficient way to deal with future risks.
Nathan Wolfe

Although you may spend your life killing, You will not exhaust all your foes. But if you quell your own anger, your real enemy will be slain.

I now bid farewell to the country of my birth - of my passions - of my death; a country whose misfortunes have invoked my sympathies - whose factions I sought to quell - whose intelligence I prompted to a lofty aim - whose freedom has been my fatal dream.
Thomas Francis Meagher

What passions cannot music raise or quell?
John Dryden
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Quell Translations

quell in Afrikaans is onderdruk
quell in Dutch is onderdrukken, smoren, neerslaan
quell in Finnish is tukehduttaa
quell in Norwegian is dempe, undertrykke
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