Quell

Pronunciation: [ kwel ]


Definition: verb

1: to suppress; put an end to; extinguish

2: to quiet or allay (emotions, anxieties, etc.)

Origin: Old English; Germanic


Etymology: cwellan ‘kill’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kwellen and German quälen


Usage:


Synonyms:

1:

  • annihilate

  • conquer

  • crush

  • extinguish

  • overcome

  • quench

  • silence

  • stifle

2:

  • allay

  • appease

  • assuage

  • ease

  • mitigate

  • mollify

  • pacify

  • quiet

  • silence

  • soothe

Antonyms:

1:

  • build up

  • compliment

  • encourage

  • help

  • lose

  • praise

  • release

  • start

  • surrender

  • yield

  • begin

2:

  • aggravate

  • agitate

  • annoy

  • incite

  • increase

  • intensify

  • irritate

  • provoke

  • upset

  • worry

Example:

1: The man was able to quell the fire quickly with minimal damage to the house.

2: The mother was able to quell her child's fear of the dark each night by gently rocking him to sleep.

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