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tr.v. quelled, quell·ing, quells
1. To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot.
2. To pacify; quiet: finally quelled the children's fears.

[Middle English quellen, to kill, from Old English cwellan; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quelling - forceful preventionquelling - forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority; "the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent"
prevention, bar - the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
crackdown - severely repressive actions
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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.
If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of quelling disorder: then your soldiers must be likened to spoilt children; they are useless for any practical purpose.
Looking fiercely up, with a madman's impulse to struggle with and rend asunder his opponent, he found himself powerless beneath a calm, stern eye, which possessed the mysterious property of quelling frenzy at its height.
A mutiny has been the result; and, as is usual upon such occasions, all human efforts will be of no avail in quelling the mob.
With difficulty he kept the ape from her throat, and after a time succeeded in quelling her fears.
But at once quelling the storm within her, she sat down and began talking to their guest.
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.
The Chinese central bank said that it was not the right time to relax monetary policy, effectively quelling speculation on a rate decision by the central bank.
The Freedom Tower's redesigned lobby will feature 50-tall ceilings, quelling complaints that, to borrow part of an old a phrase used comparing the old and current Penn Stations, one would enter the new WTC like a rat.
Among them is the need for water cannons which were instrumental in quelling the disorder unleashed on the people of Dublin during the May Day protests in 2004.