Quash
Quash Quash, v. t. [OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. quassare to shake, shatter, shiver, v. intens. fr. quatere, quassum, to shake, shatter. Cf. {Concussion}, {Discuss}, {Rescue}, and also {Quash} to annul.] 1. To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to crush. [1913 Webster]

The whales Against sharp rocks, like reeling vessels, quashed, Though huge as mountains, are in pieces dashed. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

2. To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely; as, to quash a rebellion. [1913 Webster]

Contrition is apt to quash or allay all worldly grief. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]


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  • quash — / kwäsh, kwȯsh/ vt [Anglo French quasser, from Middle French casser quasser, from Late Latin cassare, from Latin cassus void]: to make void: annul (2) quash a subpoena Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • quash — [kwɒʆ ǁ kwɑːʆ, kwɒːʆ] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to officially state that a judgement or decision is no longer legal or correct: • He was found guilty but had his conviction quashed later on appeal. 2. to stop something from starting or developing …   Financial and business terms

  • Quash — Quash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quashed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quashing}.] [OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. cassare to annihilate, annul, fr. cassus empty, vain, of uncertain origin. The word has been confused with L. quassare to shake, F. casser to break …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quash — [ kwaʃ ] verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) to say officially that a decision made by another court was wrong and no longer has legal force: The appellate court quashed the subpoena for the witness. 2. ) to use force or violence to stop the political… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Quash — Quash, v. i. To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quash — Quash, n. Same as {Squash}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quash — [kwɔʃ US kwa:ʃ, kwo:ʃ] v [T] formal [Sense: 1; Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: quasser, from Late Latin cassare, from Latin cassus having no effect, void ] [Sense: 2; Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: quasser, from Latin quassare to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quash — [v1] destroy, defeat annihilate, beat, crush, extinguish, extirpate, overcome, overthrow, put down, quell, quench, repress, scrunch*, snow under*, squash*, squish*, subdue, suppress, trash; concepts 95,252 Ant. aid, assist, help, rebuild quash… …   New thesaurus

  • quash — (v.) to make void, annul, crush, early 14c., from O.Fr. quasser to break, smash, from L. quassare to shatter, frequentative of quatere to shake (pp. quassus). Meaning suppress is from M.L. quassare make null and void, from L. cassus empty, void,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • quash — 1 *annul, abrogate, void, vacate 2 *crush, quell, extinguish, suppress, quench Analogous words: *destroy: *ruin, wreck: *suppress, repress …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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