Word of the Day: quell

Word of the Day: quell

1. suppress or crush completely

2. overcome or allay


The word quell has appeared in 391 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 25 in “N.C.A.A. Orders Review of Gender Inequity of Tournaments” by Alan Blinder:

Facing sustained furor over disparities in the treatment of teams competing in its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the N.C.A.A. said Thursday that it has hired a leading civil rights lawyer to conduct a gender-equity review of its championship events.

The decision to retain Roberta A. Kaplan, who rose to prominence during a successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, is an effort to quell at least some of the anger and frustration directed toward the N.C.A.A. in recent days. But the inquiry could confirm years of accusations — and evidence — that the N.C.A.A. and its entrenched practices have dampened opportunities for women competing at the collegiate level.

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