To quash something is to make it stop or to suppress it. If you quash the rebellion, you stop the people from protesting.

  • The government tried to quash the rebellion by force.

  • The teacher tried to quash the students' protests by using force.

Definition of quash


put down by force or intimidation


keep down, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate


declare invalid


annul, avoid, invalidate, nullify, void

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Example Sentences for quash

  • 1

    The conviction was quashed and a retrial ordered.

  • 2

    The Americans moved quickly to quash the revolt.

  • 3

    However, on appeal the Court of Cassation quashed the decision.

  • 4

    The court duly quashed the conviction of dangerous driving.

  • 5

    The patent was challenged by the Indian Government to quash the patent.

  • 6

    Several of the crew were wounded and the nascent mutiny was quashed.

  • 7

    I hope there is no move to quash the issue by removing the photo.

  • 8

    After 63 days of bitter fighting, the Germans quashed the insurrection.

  • 9

    Bracegirdle won his case in the courts and the deportation order was quashed.

  • 10

    Britain in turn yearned to quash the trade of smuggled tea to America.