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There is a verb that sounds like kwel/quel that means "to calm". My best attempts to get a butchered spelling close enough that a digital dictionary can tell me the proper spelling are failures; and none of my thesauri have the word of which I'm thinking.

Can anybody help out a frustrated and spelling-challenged English speaker?

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You're awfully close. The word is quell.

  1. to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity <quell a riot>
  2. quiet, pacify <quell fears>
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How about we both get the same number of votes, and you get accepted for getting there first - sound like a plan? –  Daniel Aug 26 '11 at 21:00
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+1 Here's a cookie. –  Daniel Aug 26 '11 at 21:39
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@Anonymous: You do, but as an unregistered user, you're not allowed to vote. –  mmyers Aug 26 '11 at 21:48
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+1. To both of course ;-) The funniest thing is that quell originally means to kill. –  Alain Pannetier Φ Aug 26 '11 at 22:09
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@drɱ65δ: Cookie! –  mmyers Aug 29 '11 at 13:18

The word is quell. You'd certainly have found it by googling or dictionary-searching if it weren't for the fact that the acronym QUEL is all that comes up when you try to google "quel" or search a dictionary for it.

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