Meaning to suppress or overcome, quell is what you have to do with nerves before a big test and fears before going skydiving.

When it first came into existence, the verb quell actually meant “to murder.” That's a bit more serious than our modern definition, but you can use that old definition to help you imagine offing your worries or putting a permanent end to criticism. These days quell is often used to mean "pacify," as in the police quelling an angry mob or a mom quelling a kid's temper tantrum.

Definitions of quell

v suppress or crush completely

quench, squelch
Type of:
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority

v overcome or allay

quell my hunger”
appease, stay
Type of:
fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
fill or meet a want or need

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