Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you quash something.)
To quash something is to use force or threats to completely put it down.
In other words, quashing something is completely crushing it or completely suppressing it.
Yes, it sounds like "squash" and means something very similar.
But use "quash" only for abstract things (while "squash" is for both abstract and concrete things).
(That is, squash your hopes or squash a banana, and quash your hopes, but don't quash a banana.)
Other forms: quashed, quashing
How to use it:
Talk about quashing opposition or disagreement or dissent, quashing a protest or a demonstration or a rebellion or an uprising, quashing a myth or a rumor or a misconception, quashing an idea or a suggestion, quashing an attempt or an effort, quashing someone's interest or goal or ambition, and so on.
It's regrettable and downright sad to see a kid's busy schedule quashing his interest in reading.
Our state government eventually quashed efforts to block the construction of a thirty meter telescope atop what some consider a sacred mountain.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "quash" means when you can explain it without saying “quell" or "subdue."
Think of a time you struggled to hide or ignore a feeling, and fill in the blanks: "Because _____, I had to quash __(a certain feeling, desire, or habit)__."
Example: "Because I couldn't find any compelling evidence against the idea that too much caffeine is bad during pregnancy, I had to quash my intense craving for Diet Coke during those months."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Our game for July is called A Verbal Tour of the US. I’ll ask you a trivia question each day this month about the names of US cities, states, geographic features, etc. Try it out each day, and see the right answer the next day. Happy verbal trails to you!
According to some sources, this state’s name means “homeland.” It’s properly spelled with an ‘okina, a separating mark of punctuation that looks like an apostrophe, but that usually gets left out—especially outside of this state! What state is it?
Answer: Hawaiʻi. You often hear people pronounce it “Ha-why-yee,” but here on the islands, people often say “Ha-why ee,” with a break between the last two vowel sounds—and that’s what the ‘okina represents.
Try this one today:
This city’s name is said to combine “mni,” meaning “water” in Dakota Sioux, with the Greek word for “city.” It’s home to a waterfall which is named for the patron saint of finding lost things! What city is it?
A Point Well Made:
F. H. Bradley: “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.”
1. The opposite of QUASH is
2. Hoping to quash any further questions, we _____
A. added real-time chat for support and a contact form to our site.
B. addressed several possible objections to our plan at the end of the presentation.
C. made it clear that our own private affairs were not subject to others' approval.
Answers are below.
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