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To ‘quell’ means to quash, typically by using force to overwhelm and pacify something or somebody that is regarded as being threatening or violent. It implies ruthlessness and a sense of urgency. The word can also be used to express suppressing an unpleasant feeling you or others may have, such as fear or anger.
Once the protesters swarming the streets began to engage in acts of criminality, the government moved quickly to quell the unrest.
I was very nervous about making the presentation, but I did my best to quell my fears.
The announcement that bonuses will be frozen this year will do nothing to quell the growing disquiet within the company. Staff are on the verge of walking out.