quash


quash
quash [kwɔʃ US kwa:ʃ, kwo:ʃ] v [T] formal
[Sense: 1; Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: quasser, from Late Latin cassare, from Latin cassus 'having no effect, void']
[Sense: 2; Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: quasser, from Latin quassare 'to shake violently, break']
1.) to officially say that a legal judgment or decision is no longer acceptable or correct
The High Court later quashed his conviction for murder.
The decision was quashed by the House of Lords.
2.) to say or do something to stop something from continuing
A hospital chief executive has quashed rumours that people will lose their jobs.
The government immediately moved to quash the revolt.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • quash — / kwäsh, kwȯsh/ vt [Anglo French quasser, from Middle French casser quasser, from Late Latin cassare, from Latin cassus void]: to make void: annul (2) quash a subpoena Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Quash — Quash, v. t. [OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. quassare to shake, shatter, shiver, v. intens. fr. quatere, quassum, to shake, shatter. Cf. {Concussion}, {Discuss}, {Rescue}, and also {Quash} to annul.] 1. To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quash — [kwɒʆ ǁ kwɑːʆ, kwɒːʆ] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to officially state that a judgement or decision is no longer legal or correct: • He was found guilty but had his conviction quashed later on appeal. 2. to stop something from starting or developing …   Financial and business terms

  • Quash — Quash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quashed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quashing}.] [OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. cassare to annihilate, annul, fr. cassus empty, vain, of uncertain origin. The word has been confused with L. quassare to shake, F. casser to break …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quash — [ kwaʃ ] verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) to say officially that a decision made by another court was wrong and no longer has legal force: The appellate court quashed the subpoena for the witness. 2. ) to use force or violence to stop the political… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Quash — Quash, v. i. To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quash — Quash, n. Same as {Squash}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quash — [v1] destroy, defeat annihilate, beat, crush, extinguish, extirpate, overcome, overthrow, put down, quell, quench, repress, scrunch*, snow under*, squash*, squish*, subdue, suppress, trash; concepts 95,252 Ant. aid, assist, help, rebuild quash… …   New thesaurus

  • quash — (v.) to make void, annul, crush, early 14c., from O.Fr. quasser to break, smash, from L. quassare to shatter, frequentative of quatere to shake (pp. quassus). Meaning suppress is from M.L. quassare make null and void, from L. cassus empty, void,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • quash — 1 *annul, abrogate, void, vacate 2 *crush, quell, extinguish, suppress, quench Analogous words: *destroy: *ruin, wreck: *suppress, repress …   New Dictionary of Synonyms


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