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[ kwel ]SEE DEFINITION OF quelled
  • verbdefeat, suppress
  • verballeviate, calm

Synonyms for quelled

  • annihilate
  • conquer
  • crush
  • extinguish
  • overcome
  • put down
  • quench
  • silence
  • stamp out
  • stifle
  • subdue
  • kill
  • overpower
  • queer
  • stop
  • subjugate
  • vanquish
  • hush up
  • put the lid on
  • shut down
  • sit on

Antonyms for quelled

  • build up
  • compliment
  • encourage
  • help
  • lose
  • praise
  • release
  • start
  • surrender
  • yield
  • begin
  • aggravate
  • agitate
  • disturb
  • irritate
  • perturb
  • succeed
  • win
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Lunatics, she knew, could be quelled by the calm gaze of the sane human eye.

It was at once quelled, however, by the prompt action of President Jackson.

But Aunt Annie quelled the impulsive creature with a glance full of meaning.

The advance guard had suffered, but their fire had quelled that of the enemy.

A rising in the south of Russia was quelled by a single regiment.

Meanwhile, the outbreak had been quelled, or very nearly so.

But though for the moment he quelled her eye, nothing could quell her voice.

The Syrian revolt was quelled, and Urfa surrendered to the sultan.

She was quiet now, as though the light had quelled her resistance.

With the heroic assistance of my wife, I quelled the revolt.


Old English cwellan "to kill, murder, execute," from Proto-Germanic *kwaljanan (cf. Old English cwelan "to die," cwalu "violent death;" Old Saxon quellian "to torture, kill;" Old Norse kvelja "to torment;" Middle Dutch quelen "to vex, tease, torment;" Old High German quellan "to suffer pain," German quälen "to torment, torture"), from PIE *gwele- "to throw, reach," with extended sense of "to pierce" (cf. Armenian kelem "I torture;" Old Church Slavonic zali "pain;" Lithuanian galas "end," gela "agony," gelati "to sting"). Milder sense of "suppress, extinguish" developed by c.1300. Related: Quelled; quelling.