Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you quell something.)
To quell something is to put an end to it or get it under your control. Quelling something could be violent and forceful, like quelling an uprising, or it could be gentle, like quelling a friend's nervousness.
quelled, quelling, unquelled
How to use it:
Talk about quelling things that could otherwise get out of control: uprisings and rebellions and mobs, outrage and anger and doubts, violence, rumors and misconceptions, panic and temper tantrums, hunger and pain, fires and disease, and so on.
It seems rare to talk about quelling a person, but you can certainly do it: quell the critics, quell the naysayers, quell the customer who is shouting about his order being wrong at Burger King, etc.
Twitter seems equally useful for both causing and quelling public relations disasters.
I'm taking time to enjoy these easy years with my daughter; most of her pains and fears are easily quelled with a bottle or a hug.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "quell" means when you can explain it without saying "quash" or "calm."
Think of something you worry about, and fill in the blanks: "My worries/anxiety over _____ can/could only be quelled by/when/if _____."
Example: "My anxiety over public speaking can only be quelled by one strategy: being very prepared."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now;let your working memory empty out first.
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1. The opposite of QUELL is
2. In a particularly creepy episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a monster called a Queller _____.
A. finds its way around without any eyes
B. sense people's memories and distorts them
C. attacks anyone acting loud and crazy
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