To Quell. v.a. [cƿllan, Saxon.] To crush; to subdue; originally, to kill.
Valour or strength, though matchless, quell'd with pain,
Which all subdues, and makes remiss the hands
Of mightiest? Milton's Par. Lost, b. vi.
His best of man, and gave him up to tears
A space; till firmer thoughts restrain'd excess. Milton.
This quell'd her pride, but other doubts remain'd,
That once disdaining, she might be disdain'd. Dryden.
He is the guardian of the publick quiet, appointed to restrain violence, to quell seditions and tumults, and to preserve that peace which preserves the world. Atterbury.