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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
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Examples from the Web for unappeased
Historical Examples
  • The theatre of the Boulevard refused the drama; so the author's rage against l'infame Albion was yet unappeased.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • We rise from the table, and our deepest cravings are unappeased.

  • Nevertheless, the superstitions of the people were unappeased.

  • A portion of his vengeance is yet unappeased—that due to him who was second in the duel.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • "Mock me not, Child of the Devil," retorted the unappeased churchman.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • When satisfied it is lulled, but for one that is satisfied how many are unappeased!

  • "I ought scarcely to drink with you after your reception of me," replied Manasseh unappeased.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • Amidon looked suspiciously at the notes, unappeased by this flattery.

    Double Trouble Herbert Quick
  • For the last two nights they had had scarce any sleep; their hunger had been unappeased since they left Vouziers.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • She looked on them all alike, with pity for their seizure, and each of them got up and walked away, unappeased.

British Dictionary definitions for unappeased


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 unappeased



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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