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Quell
to quiet something raucous (like a rebellion), crash, defeat, conquer The British tried to quell the American patriots, but failed thanks in large part to France's support for American independence.
Quench
to satisfy a need or desire, extinguish, subdue After coming in from the desert, Ezra needed gallons of water to quench his thirst.
Rabble
large, disorderly and easily excited mob, crowd, horde When a rabble gathered outside, Marie Antoinette told her advisors, "Let them eat cake!" She was later beheaded.
Rabid
afflicted with rabies a disease of the nervous system (literal); Rabid animals can sometimes be identified by saliva dripping from their jaws and by frantic behavior. acting madely or fanatically, as if afflicted by rabies (figuratively) fanatical, mad, irrational, lunatic The first speaker was calm, but the second--a wild-eyed man advocating the destruction of all tractors--was positively rabid.
Rancor
bad feeling, bitterness; animosity, resentment, hatred, malice, spite Herbert was so filled with rancor that he could think of nothing but taking revenge on those who had humiliated him.
Random
lacking order, free from order or bias; unordered, chance, haphazard She conducted a random survey of garage mechanics by drawing their names from a hat.
Ransack
to search thoroughly and messily; plunder, pillage, search, loot, pilfer, steal Did the burglars ransack your entire house?
Ratify
to approve formally; confirm, affirm, endorse, approve The Senate ratified the treaty after only a brief debate.
Ravenous
wildly eager to eat (literally), hungry, famished, voracious The homeless man had not had a bit of food in two days and was ravenous. hungry for anything (figuratively) The abandoned puppy was ravenous for affection and tenderness.
Raze
to utterly destroy (a building, city, etc.); demolish, destroy, wreck, level The house had been razed; where once it had stood there was nothing but splinters and bricks.