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 for quelling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Quell \Quell\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quelled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Quelling.] [See Quail to cower.]
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     1. To die. [Obs.]
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              Yet he did quake and quaver, like to quell.
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     2. To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate. [R.]
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              Winter's wrath begins to quell.       --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority;
           "the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the
           rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent" [syn:
           suppression, crushing, quelling, stifling]

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