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The government declared a state of emergency in an attempt to quell political unrest.
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  • The government declared a state of emergency in an attempt to quell political unrest.
  • Staying busy helps to quell my hunger.
  • Atticus was on his feet at the bench saying something to him, Mr. Heck Tate as first officer of the county stood in the middle aisle quelling the packed courtroom.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "You have told me this at least a dozen times already," said Mr. Malfoy, with a quelling look at his son.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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  • As night approached, it proving impossible to quell her insubordination by rebuke or threats of punishment, Master Brackett, the jailer, thought fit to introduce a physician.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But I don’t dare leave the jacket, scorched and smoldering as it is, I take the risk of shoving it in my sleeping bag, hoping the lack of air will quell what I haven’t extinguished.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • "Er — what are you —?" said Ron tentatively, but Hermione quelled him with a look and turned back to Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Catherine quelled her lamentations also, took a seat opposite, and looked solemnly into the fire.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • There was a ripple of laughter, instantly quelled by the look Snape gave the class.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • ...a vague feeling of curiosity and apprehension quelled every disposition to talk, and almost instantaneously the most deathlike stillness prevailed.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Through all the head-shaking, quelling of nausea and Jem-yelling, I had heard another sound, so low I could not have heard it from the sidewalk.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Miss Maudie’s tin roof quelled the flames.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He opened it and said, "My text for today is taken from the twenty-first chapter of Isaiah, verse six: For thus hath the Lord said unto me,
    Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth."
     Jean Louise made a sincere effort to listen to what Mr. Stone’s watchman saw, but in spite of her efforts to quell it, she felt amusement turning into indignant displeasure and she stared straight at Herbert Jemson throughout the service.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I’m merely trying to quell the unrest.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • If we weren’t just dealing with post-caste confusion anymore and trying to quell an outright rebellion, three months wasn’t enough to fix this.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "Maia, no," Bat said; she shot him a quelling look.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • It took Mae great effort to quell their noise and allow her to speak.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I thought about my fifteen-month sentence, which did nothing to quell my panic.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • But as I listened more closely I realized that she was fitfully crying, though in quelled gasps, as if she were trying to hush herself.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Then what are you doing here?" she asked, unable to quell the panic creeping into her voice.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Torin pursed his lips, and the haunting worry in his gaze quelled Kai’s anger.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He’d hoped his journey to Endovier would quell that boredom, and that he’d be glad to return home, but he found home to be the same.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • But just as time heals the marsh grasses that wither and perish in the winter cold, so does it quell the storms that often threaten the human soul.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Perhaps because my coming assignation with the divine Lapidus had caused me to oscillate between rapture and apprehension, I tried to quell both emotions by drinking several cans of beer—thus violating my self-imposed rule about alcohol during daylight or working hours.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I quelled it firmly and raised my own glass.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • She lulled them to sleep with advice on how to quell their hunger pangs.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Needless to say, this preemptively quells any impulse I may have had to ask about the drinking.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "Is it?" said Cleophas, but Dolores shot her a quelling look.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Louie knew that they couldn’t survive for long without food, but he quelled the thought.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • His words were slippery and small, quelled by the acid.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • O fates! come, come; Cut thread and thrum; Quail, rush, conclude, and quell!
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • It waits around for their return, trying to quell the panic rising in it.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • On the morrow, before daybreak, there were three thousand at Durham’s, and the police reserves had to be sent for to quell the riot.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He saw Brom carry the saddle to Saphira and tried to quell his uneasiness.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It said the Hazaras had tried to rise against the Pashtuns in the nineteenth century, but the Pashtuns had "quelled them with unspeakable violence."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "Magnus would never let that happen," Alec said, with a quelling glance at his sister.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • In the midst of all this noise and commotion, there was heard a sweet female voice, which quelled it in an instant.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Parents, ever-present shade, dimming my sparkle, kryptonite to quell my bid for superpower.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Terror tried to rise up and he quelled it.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The resentful fire and personal anguish had been quelled somehow beneath a deeper, watery cool.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He will elude me if he takes alarm; no man-god knows-can quell a god with ease.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Artemis tried to quell the excitement rising in his chest.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Having conquered the violence of his feelings, he appeared to despise himself for being the slave of passion; and quelling the dark tyranny of despair, he led me again to converse concerning myself personally.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The two of them needed each other more than ever, needed their own forever love to quell the pain of such loss.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Discipline prevailed: in five minutes the confused throng was resolved into order, and comparative silence quelled the Babel clamour of tongues.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Downstairs, he found enough food in Basta’s kitchen to quell the hunger that had been gnawing like a worm at the walls of his stomach.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Eragon absorbed Gannel’s words, accepting the clan chief’s sincerity but unable to quell a simple question:How does he know?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • They have been forced to quell the mutinies with automatic rifle and machine-gun fire.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Impotent rage quelled what little fear was left in her heart as she stood helpless while they plundered and stole and ruined.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "I say so," he continued desperately, "because the Bourbons fled from the Revolution leaving the people to anarchy, and Napoleon alone understood the Revolution and quelled it, and so for the general good, he could not stop short for the sake of one man’s life."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
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