Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To set aside or annul, especially by judicial action.
  • transitive v. To put down or suppress forcibly and completely: quash a rebellion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To defeat forcibly.
  • v. To void or suppress (a subpoena, decision, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as squash.
  • transitive v. To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void.
  • transitive v. To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to crush.
  • transitive v. To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely.
  • intransitive v. To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat down or beat in pieces; crash.
  • To crush; subdue; put down summarily; quell; extinguish; put an end to.
  • To be shaken with a noise; make the noise of water when shaken.
  • To make void; annul; in law, to annul, abate, overthrow, or set aside for insufficiency or other cause: as, to quash an indictment.
  • n. A pompion.
  • n. Same as squash (?).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put down by force or intimidation
  • v. declare invalid

Etymologies

Middle English quassen, from Old French casser, quasser, from Medieval Latin quassāre, alteration (influenced by quassāre, to shatter) of cassāre, from Latin cassus, empty, void.
Middle English quashen, from Old French quasser, from Medieval Latin quassāre, to shatter, from Latin; see squash.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French quasser, from Latin quassāre, present active infinitive of quassō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The movement, which leading Orthodox officials have sought to quash, is spearheaded by a growing revisionist movement in the Church.

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  • Norske – Thank you rwcole – You quash, which is annulment by judicial action.

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  • There is a curious creature, called the quash, resembling the ichneumon, which possesses a peculiarly fetid smell, and is known for its powerful, lacerating teeth.

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  • But to ask that a judge "quash" it, or parts of it?

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  • But no court of law will be able to "quash" any aspect of the debate.

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  • The best way to "quash" a debt is to come to terms with the collector on how you will pay it.

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  • Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup on Wednesday took under advisement a move by Bennett's office to "quash" the subpoena of Bennett by defense lawyer Greg T. Schubert.

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  • Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young 'dancing boys' to entertain them in northern Afghanistan caused such panic that the interior minister begged the US embassy to try and 'quash' the story.

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  • If GOP leaders don't "quash" anti-immigrant talk, they risk losing Latino support.

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  • A scandal involving foreign contractors employed to train Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young "dancing boys" to entertain them in northern Afghanistan caused such panic that the interior minister begged the US embassy to try to "quash" the story, according a US embassy cable.

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