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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.]
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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
A formal announcement by the ECP in this regard would help in quelling rumors and ending uncertainty, Babar said in the letter.
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Citing sources in the military, the CMHRK said senior officials, including Major General Koo Hong-mo, discussed in detail scenarios of quelling millions of street protesters across the nation.
KARACHI -- Senior Pakistan People's Party leader and incumbent Sindh minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro says why can't the government seek army's help in quelling Islamabad protest like their assistance is taken during floods.
RAMALLAH,April 30, 2015(WAFA) Israeli police violent quelling of a Palestinian rally protesting the Israeli decision to shut down a local thoroughfare in the East Jerusalem village of al-Tur together with Hamas polices quelling of a youth rally urging reconstruction and calling for an end of the intra-Palestinian division in Shujaiyah hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.