Quash (verb)

  1. To suppress or crush completely.
  2. To nullify or make void, especially by legal action.

Origin:

From old french quasser (to break), from vulgar latin quassare, frequentative of latin quatere (to shake).

Examples:

  1. The government quashed the rebellion with a brutal crackdown on dissent.
  2. The judge quashed the murder conviction due to lack of evidence.
  3. The company quashed rumors of a merger by issuing a public statement denying them.
  4. The president quashed the proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy.
  5. The university quashed the student protest by threatening to expel any participants.
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