Quell

Definition of Quell

v. i.1.To die.
Yet he did quake and quaver, like to quell.
- Spenser.
2.To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate.
Winter's wrath begins to quell.
- Spenser.
v. t.1.To take the life of; to kill.
The ducks cried as [if] men would them quelle.
- Chaucer.
2.To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
The nation obeyed the call, rallied round the sovereign, and enabled him to quell the disaffected minority.
- Macaulay.
Northward marching to quell the sudden revolt.
- Longfellow.
3.To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease; as, to quell grief; to quell the tumult of the soul.
Much did his words the gentle lady quell.
- Spenser.
n.1.Murder.

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