- 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 appeasing
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See the IPC book Appeasing the Ayatollahs and Suppressing Democracy.Don't Aid Mousavi
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And it was presented, for Vanslyperken knew no other way of appeasing her wrath.Snarley-yow
Calm like this was new to her, and because new it was appeasing, wonderful.The Dust Flower
The bishop of London had the merit of appeasing their fury and resentment.
Accordingly, they at once set about appeasing their appetites—on blubber!The Land of Fire
Rise therefore, and offer sacrifice to Juno, appeasing her wrath.Stories from Virgil
Alfred J. Church
- 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 appeasing
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