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[uh-peez] /əˈpiz/
verb (used with object), appeased, appeasing.
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
1300-50; Middle English apesen < Anglo-French apeser, Old French apais(i)er, equivalent to a- a-5 + paisi- peace + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
appeasable, adjective
appeasableness, noun
appeasably, adverb
appeasement, noun
appeaser, noun
appeasingly, adverb
nonappeasable, adjective
nonappeasing, adjective
unappeasable, adjective
unappeasably, adverb
unappeased, adjective
unappeasing, adjective
unappeasingly, adverb
1. calm, placate.
1. enrage. 2. increase, arouse, sharpen. 3. defy.
Synonym Study
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unappeasable
Historical Examples
  • When she reached Tripoli, the anger of the Bashaw was unappeasable.

  • "I require an unconditional surrender," said Flora, with an unappeasable smile.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Why did we fall into this gnawing disease of unappeasable dissatisfaction?

  • It was an irresistible, insatiable, unappeasable, overwhelming clamor for more.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • What, then, shall fill the crying and unappeasable void of our souls?

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The interruption of his career was the real and unappeasable wrong.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • But there is a matter on which I have an unappeasable quarrel with him.

    The Affable Stranger Peter McArthur
  • There was the unappeasable demand of the mortgage—and there was Diantha.

    What Diantha Did Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • We find the girl subject to an unappeasable hunger for facts.

    The Story of a Life J. Breckenridge Ellis
  • There he sat, all alone, doubling himself up and writhing this way and that, in the throes of unappeasable laughter.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for unappeasable


verb (transitive)
to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
Derived Forms
appeasable, adjective
appeaser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax
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Word Origin and History for unappeasable

1560s, from un- (1) "not" + appeasable. Related: Unappeasably.



c.1300 "to reconcile," from Anglo-French apeser, Old French apaisier "to pacify, make peace, appease, be reconciled, placate" (12c.), from the phrase a paisier "bring to peace," from a "to" (see ad-) + pais, from Latin pacem (nominative pax) "peace" (see peace). Related: Appeased; appeasing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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