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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of quell.

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  • adjective subdued or overcome


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  • Problems that have, for the most part, have been, well, described as quelled, although there still have been some internal problems.

    CNN Transcript Mar 11, 2007

  • He made a momentary show of haughty, indignant refusal, but a movement of my sword quelled the brief revolt in him.

    An Enemy to the King

  • So, she kind of quelled that suspicion right away -- just -- just trying to engage them in whatever conversation.

    CNN Transcript Aug 28, 2009

  • My Anger (which, we must remember, she is supposed to be helping me Manage) is kind of quelled, though, due to the whole defaming-her-character-all-over-the-internet thing.

    bluemeany Diary Entry

  • If 20% unemployment can be maintained, along with high levels of private debt, and economic activity amongst the lower orders can be suppressed, squashed, quelled and controlled, there will be no inflation.

    Matthew Yglesias » Stepping on the Monetary Gas Pedal

  • The regime, U.S.-backed Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been the target of a nationwide popular uprising in recent weeks, which neither shooting into crowds of unarmed demonstrators nor promised reforms has thus far quelled.

    Stephen Zunes: U.S. Backs Tunisian Dictatorship in Face of Pro-Democracy Uprising

  • They grew excited, and it looked like trouble for a while; but Big Alec asserted his kingship and quelled them.

    The King of the Greeks

  • Bersih 1.0 came before the 2008 general election, but then-Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi quelled it using teargas.

    Paranoia in Penang

  • Baptiste had evidently quelled the more warlike of his followers, and instead of precipitating an attack in the bright light of day, the shot had caused a hasty exodus, the Indians drawing out of the village beyond the zone of fire.


  • UMM EL-FAHM, Israel — Dozens of Jewish extremists hoisting Israeli flags defiantly marched through this Arab-Israeli town Wednesday, chanting "death to terrorists" and touching off clashes between rock-hurling residents and police who quelled them with tear gas.

    Umm El-Fahm, Arab Israeli Town, Hit By Violent Clashes


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