A to Z Challenge: Q
For me Q is always one of the hardest letters, what about you guys?
Definition: put down by force or intimidation.
Sentence: More than 500 people are thought to have been killed since mid-March as the security forces try to quash dissent.
— BBC (May 7, 2011)
Definition: being quiet or still or inactive.
Sentence: Under normal conditions, only a fraction of these blood-forming stem cells are active; the rest are deeply quiescent – asleep.
— The Guardian (Jan 17, 2011)
Definition: the most typical example or representative of a type.
Sentence: This composition, in many ways the most wonderful single piece we have from Chopin, is the quintessence of his genius.
— Walter Raymond Spalding
Definition: someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force.
Sentence: Naturally enough, the attitude taken up by the Christians earned them fresh attacks from the Quisling followers.
— Johan Martinus Snoek
Definition: not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic.
Sentence: Granted, Latin American integration is an elusive if not quixotic goal: the region stretches farther than Africa, and its nations' interests are just as balkanized.
— Time (Dec 4, 2011)