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appease

[ uh-peez ]
/ əˈpiz /
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verb (used with object), ap·peased, ap·peas·ing.

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.

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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
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for appease

appease
/ (əˈpiːz) /

verb (tr)

to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
appeasable, adjectiveappeaser, noun
C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax
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