quash [kwosh] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for quash on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object)

  1. to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue: to quash a rebellion.
  2. to make void, annul, or set aside (a law, indictment, decision, etc.).

Origin of quash 1300–50; Middle English quashen to smash, break, overcome, suppress Old French quasser, in part Latin quassāre to shake (frequentative of quatere to shake; cf. concussion); in part Late Latin cassāre to annul, derivative of Latin cassus empty, voidRelated formsun·quashed, adjectiveSynonyms for quash See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 1. crush, squash, quench, repress. Related Words for quash suppress, squash, repress, crush, quell, invalidate, annul, revoke, reverse, veto, void, undo, vacate, squelch, repeal, overrule, rescind, scrunch, annihilate, subdue Examples from the Web for quash Contemporary Examples of quash

  • Putin had to put on a show with lots of lights and dancing, but quash the gay factor.

    Sorry Putin, the Sochi Opening Ceremony Was Totally Gay

    Tim Teeman

    February 7, 2014

  • Fergie did nothing to quash rumors of remarriage when asked about the controversial subject this weekend, reports Tom Sykes.

    Fergie Remarriage Rumors Heat Up as She Says, ‘Andrew Will Always Be My Prince!’

    Tom Sykes

    September 30, 2013

  • Egyptian forces have also launched a series of coordinated operations in Sinai in an attempt to quash rising insurgency.

    A Bloody Assassination Attempt in Egypt

    Sophia Jones

    September 5, 2013

  • But despite rumors of a Game of Thrones theme, Parker was quick to quash the speculation.

    Sean Parker Weds Alexandra Lenas, ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme a Mystery

    Nina Strochlic

    June 2, 2013

  • It all seems perfectly choreographed to quash the assumption that she is no more than a little flirt.

    Petraeus Affair Stereotypes: The General, The Flirt And The Harlot

    Robin Givhan

    November 15, 2012

  • Historical Examples of quash

  • Come, Quash, into the bush, and help me to look at the other scratches and dress them.

    The Rover of the Andes

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • But, then, he had had to quash the thought that suggested it.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • Challis tried to reason away its witchery—to quash its jurisdiction.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • Under those circumstances no other course was open to us but to quash them.

    The Seven Curses of London

    James Greenwood

  • Vide mouse, and a hundred more roots, that might quash this rule.

    Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 112, December 20, 1851


  • British Dictionary definitions for quash quash verb (tr)

    1. to subdue forcefully and completely; put down; suppress
    2. to annul or make void (a law, decision, etc)
    3. to reject (an indictment, writ, etc) as invalid

    Word Origin for quash C14: from Old French quasser, from Latin quassāre to shake Word Origin and History for quash v.

    “to make void, annul,” early 14c., from Old French quasser, casser “to annul, declare void,” and directly from Medieval Latin quassare, alteration of Late Latin cassare, from cassus “null, void, empty” (see caste (n.)).

    Meaning “to break, crush,” is early 14c., from Old French quasser, casser “to break, smash, injure, harm, weaken,” from Latin quassare “to shatter,” frequentative of quatere (past participle quassus) “to shake,” from PIE root *kwet- “to shake” (cf. Greek passein “to sprinkle,” Lithuanian kuteti “to shake up,” Old Saxon skuddian “to move violently,” German schütteln “to shake,” Old English scudan “to hasten”).

    The words have influenced each other in form and sense since Medieval Latin and now are somewhat grown together. Related: Quashed; quashing.

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