Word of the day

The word for today is…

quell (verb) – 1. To put down forcibly; suppress.
2. To pacify; quiet.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Old English cwellan “to kill, murder, execute,” from Proto-Germanic *kwaljanan (source also of Old English cwelan “to die,” cwalu “violent death;” Old Saxon quellian “to torture, kill;” Old Norse kvelja “to torment;” Middle Dutch quelen “to vex, tease, torment;” Old High German quellan “to suffer pain,” German quälen “to torment, torture”), from PIE root *gwele- “to throw, reach,” with extended sense of “to pierce”. Milder sense of “suppress, extinguish” developed by circa 1300.


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