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Definition suppress or stop completely
  • The government declared a state of emergency in an attempt to quell political unrest.
quell = suppress or stop
  • Staying busy helps to quell my hunger.
  • quell = suppress or stop
  • 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
  • quelled = stopped (suppressed)
  • Fred's mind, on the other hand, was busy with an anxiety which even his ready hopefulness could not immediately quell.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • 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
  • quell = stop or suppress
  • 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
  • quelling = suppressing (silencing)
  • Catherine quelled her lamentations also, took a seat opposite, and looked solemnly into the fire.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • quelled = stopped or suppressed
  • "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
  • quelled = stopped
  • "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
  • quelling = suppressing (indicating that his son should restrain or control himself)
  • ...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
  • quelled = stopped or suppressed
  • 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
  • quell = suppress or stop completely
  • 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
  • quelling = suppressing
  • Miss Maudie's tin roof quelled the flames.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • quelled = stopped
  • 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
  • quelling = stopping or suppressing
  • But no feeling could quell Fred's alarm.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • ...that man for whose sake it seemed as if she must quell every impulse in her except the yearnings of faithfulness and compassion.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The small bequests came first, and even the recollection that there was another will and that poor Peter might have thought better of it, could not quell the rising disgust and indignation.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • When I first looked into his face, I perceived that he had got intelligence of the catastrophe; and a foolish notion struck me that his heart was quelled and he prayed, because his lips moved and his gaze was bent on the ground.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The latter, sure of quelling the tempest when the waves became too violent, allowed them to rise to a certain pitch that he might be revenged on the importunate Andrea, and besides it would afford him some recreation during the long day.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • There had been no clashing of temper between Dorothea and her husband since that little explosion in Rome, which had left such strong traces in her mind that it had been easier ever since to quell emotion than to incur the consequence of venting it.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch

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