- 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 appeased
As the Roman emperors knew during the staging of the gladiator games at the Coliseum, so FIFA knows now: The mob must be appeased.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
May 30, 2014
I would have been appeased by a simple line indicating Lincoln had met with Douglass at some point.What ‘Lincoln’ Gets Wrong About Black Leaders and the 13th Amendment
December 26, 2012
They cannot be appeased, any more than the Nazis could be appeased.Shawcross Defends Guantanamo Bay
January 18, 2012
The crowd at First was relatively calm, appeased, in part, by periodic, spontaneous outbursts of the Star-Spangled Banner.The Daily Beast D.C. Diary
The Daily Beast
January 19, 2009
We will not be appeased with the appointment of one stand-out woman in a high profile position.Obama's Cabinet Isn't Female Enough
November 22, 2008
Her pity was sad and beautiful and at the same time it appeased her pain.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
In the midst of this great felicity which had appeased her, she had now had time for reflection.The Dream
His agitation, appeased, for a moment, grew now from minute to minute.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
His heart lusted for the sight of pleasure, and must be appeased.A Spirit in Prison
She seldom showed any anger; but when she did it was tenacious, and slow to be appeased.The Fat and the Thin
- 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 appeased
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