Adjective "quelling" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force.
  1. 'The military government pledged to quell rebellion and unify the country by force.'
  2. 'Human-rights groups slam the government for continuing to use these emergency powers, which were originally promulgated to quell ethnic unrest and deal with terrorism many years ago.'
  3. 'The idea of quelling the legitimate resistance of an occupied people by the application of massive, gratuitous violence and murder, is not peculiar to Japan.'
  4. 'The key early win was getting an interim city council elected on May 5, only two weeks after forces arrived to begin quelling widespread disorder.'
  5. 'The new party general secretary will no doubt be expected to play a role in quelling the ongoing unrest among hill tribes.'
  6. 'But, just as Edward Longshanks failed to quell the rebellion that led to Scottish independence, William Wallace's legacy lives on.'
  7. 'To unite the country and strengthen the stability of the border, Emperor Qian Long assembled large numbers of troops in Danba to quell the rebellion.'
  8. 'Conductors were popular, and deservedly so, because they assisted elderly people, sorted out fares and quelled bad behaviour.'
  9. 'He spent five years quelling rebellions and establishing Norman authority, building many castles and stocking them with men brought from Normandy.'
  10. 'Existing ‘loyalist’ forces were unable to quell the rebellion and reinforcements had to be called from China.'
  11. 'The incident, in which a chalet-style caravan was attacked at Rectory Lane last Tuesday night, has led senior officers to reassure residents they have been working to quell the disorder.'
  12. 'The ambitious German, then 25, went on to finish as world champion that year; then again the next season, as inadequate opponents were quelled ruthlessly, one after the other.'
  13. 'After quelling the crowd somewhat, he and Mr. Timberlake gave each other a high-five.'
  14. 'He said his office would continue in its efforts to save the peace pact, despite the looming operation to quell the rebels.'
  15. 'For a while it seemed that the government had quelled radical groups, but this has only lulled us into a sense of false security.'
  16. 'He quelled her with a stern glance before turning back to the judges.'
  17. 'Whenever you beheld me, your eyes imprinted all their graces there, mastered and quelled me; and my eyes earned their share: to worship all in you that sight laid bare.'
  18. 'He quelled James McFadden with his hardy yet wholesome intercessions.'
  19. 'Beatrice places a hand on his chest, and it instantly and completely quells him.'
  20. 'In 1 Henry IV he is commended by Prince Harry after Shrewsbury, and sent with Westmorland to quell the northern rebels.'
  21. 'So the wait prolongs before Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts School of Magic finally quell Lord Voldemort, the evil and powerful Wizard.'
  22. 'It's totally possible for you to hook up with someone who inspires no desire and no passion, but quells your fear of being alone.'
  23. 'It tempers temper, quells hatred and dissolves fear, bringing a deeper sense of dominion and happiness to our lives.'
  24. 'You'll be amazed at how much difference sunlight makes to quelling those anxious feelings.'
  25. 'Donnan felt his anger rise and immediately quelled it.'
  26. 'The more the sisters seem to confess to one another, the less they seem to say, and the way that so many of the longings in the film are quieted without being fully quelled is part of its haunting and unnerving beauty.'
  27. 'The cooler temperatures of the last week should have quelled the amorous residents' ardour and after their recent exertions they should have quite an appetite.'
  28. 'I get the impression that some in the broadcast media are more interested in spreading gloom to garner ratings than quelling people's uneasiness, or giving solid facts.'
  29. 'There are no words, no internal dialogue that can quell my feeling of betrayal.'
  30. 'We use it to comfort ourselves, quell anxiety and fear, and numb those feelings of self-doubt.'
  31. 'Breathing in the uncomfortable silence I tried to quell the unease, without much success I might add.'

More definitions

1. to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: The troops quelled the rebellion quickly.

2. to vanquish; subdue.

3. to quiet or allay (emotions, anxieties, etc.): The child's mother quelled his fears of the thunder.

More examples(as adjective)

"fears can be quelling."


(quell)Old English cwellan ‘kill’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kwellen and German quälen.