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Monday, January 20, 2003

Usage Note

I have been reading many very talented writers lately who use phrases similar to "squash dissent." I think the word they mean to use is quash:
Pronunciation: 'kwäsh, 'kwosh

Function: transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English quashen to smash, from Middle French quasser, casser, from Latin quassare to shake violently, shatter, frequentative of quatere to shake

Date: 13th century: to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely

Definition from Merriam-Webster Online.


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