quash [kwosh] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for quash on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object)
- to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue: to quash a rebellion.
- 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.
February 7, 2014
Fergie did nothing to quash rumors of remarriage when asked about the controversial subject this weekend, reports Tom Sykes.
September 30, 2013
Egyptian forces have also launched a series of coordinated operations in Sinai in an attempt to quash rising insurgency.
September 5, 2013
But despite rumors of a Game of Thrones theme, Parker was quick to quash the speculation.
June 2, 2013
It all seems perfectly choreographed to quash the assumption that she is no more than a little flirt.
November 15, 2012
Historical Examples of quash
Come, Quash, into the bush, and help me to look at the other scratches and dress them.
But, then, he had had to quash the thought that suggested it.
William De Morgan
Challis tried to reason away its witchery—to quash its jurisdiction.
William De Morgan
Under those circumstances no other course was open to us but to quash them.
Vide mouse, and a hundred more roots, that might quash this rule.
British Dictionary definitions for quash quash verb (tr)
- to subdue forcefully and completely; put down; suppress
- to annul or make void (a law, decision, etc)
- 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.