quash

Quash means to put down, stop, extinguish, and it’s usually used to talk about ideas, feelings, or political movements. You wouldn’t quash a grape underfoot; you would squash it. But if you were a military dictator, you would quash a revolution.

Quash is an extreme word. It comes from the French word for smash, or shatter. If something is quashed it is completely suppressed, usually by something or someone very powerful or authoritative. If you wrote a poem and asked your favorite teacher to read it, and that teacher tore it to pieces, then your hopes were most likely quashed.

Primary Meanings of quash

1.
v
declare invalid
2.
v
put down by force or intimidation
Full Definitions of quash
1

v declare invalid

Synonyms:
annul, avoid, invalidate, nullify, void
Antonyms:
formalise, formalize, validate
declare or make legally valid
Types:
break
invalidate by judicial action
stet
printing: cancel, as of a correction or deletion
Type of:
cancel, strike down
declare null and void; make ineffective
2

v put down by force or intimidation

“The government quashes any attempt of an uprising”
Synonyms:
keep down, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate
Type of:
crush, oppress, suppress
come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

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