- 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 appeaser
Winston Churchill once said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.”Tea Party Cannibalizes Cantor
June 11, 2014
From the GOP campaign trail, Rick Santorum insisted no apology was necessary, and Newt Gingrich called Obama an “appeaser.”After Cairo and Benghazi Attacks, Conservatives Resurrect Obama ‘Apology Tour’ Lie
October 23, 2012
- 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 appeaser
mid-15c., agent noun from appease (v.). Political sense attested from 1940.
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