- to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe: to appease an angry king.
- to satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuage: The fruit appeased his hunger.
- to yield or concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.
Origin of appease
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1. calm, placate.
3. Appease, conciliate, propitiate imply trying to preserve or obtain peace. To appease is to make anxious overtures and often undue concessions to satisfy the demands of someone with a greed for power, territory, etc.: Chamberlain tried to appease Hitler at Munich. To conciliate is to win an enemy or opponent over by displaying a willingness to be just and fair: When mutual grievances are recognized, conciliation is possible. To propitiate is to admit a fault, and, by trying to make amends, to allay hostile feeling: to propitiate an offended neighbor.
1. enrage. 2. increase, arouse, sharpen. 3. defy.
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Examples from the Web for appease
The more we appease, the more we indulge, the more emboldened the enemies of freedom become.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
Or maybe Alibaba is doing what other companies are doing in China: gagging itself and its customers to appease the apparatchiks.Alibaba’s Dark Side: Censoring Customers
November 18, 2014
Teasers to Reverse Flash and Crisis on Infinite Earths will appease geeky fanboys.‘The Flash’ Review: Teen Angst Gets a Comic Book Quickie
October 7, 2014
Plus, on cable you no longer have to whitewash the story and appease the masses, so the narratives are getting more interesting.Jeremy Renner Opens Up About Marriage, His Problems with the Media, and the Future of Hawk-Eye
September 29, 2014
They were drafting to build teams, not to appease fan bases or score easy ticket sales.Don’t Cry for Johnny Football. The NFL’s 22nd Pick Will Do Just Fine.
May 9, 2014
I cannot, even to appease your anger, deny this morning what I said last night.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Hunger he had known; and when he could not appease his hunger he had felt restriction.White Fang
This incautious speech by no means tended to appease the ferocity of the crowd.Barnaby Rudge
Hercules and Mars they appease with beasts usually allowed for sacrifice.Tacitus on Germany
The King heard him in silence: he knew well how to appease him.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
- to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax
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Word Origin and History for appease
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