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Main Entry: 1quell
Pronunciation: 'kwel
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, to kill, quell, from Old English cwellan to kill; akin to Old High German quellen to torture, kill, quAla torment, Lithuanian gelti to hurt
Date: 13th century
1 : to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity <quell a riot>
2 : QUIET, PACIFY <quell fears>
- quell·er noun