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.

Definitions of quash
  1. verb
    declare invalid
    synonyms: annihilate, annul, avoid, invalidate, nullify, void
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    formalise, formalize, validate
    declare or make legally valid
    invalidate by judicial action
    printing: cancel, as of a correction or deletion
    type of:
    cancel, strike down
    declare null and void; make ineffective
  2. verb
    put down by force or intimidation
    “The government quashes any attempt of an uprising”
    synonyms: keep down, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate
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    type of:
    crush, oppress, suppress
    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
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