/ (əˈpiːzmənt) /

  1. the policy of acceding to the demands of a potentially hostile nation in the hope of maintaining peace

  2. the act of appeasing

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Cultural definitions for appeasement


A political policy of conceding to aggression by a warlike nation.

Notes for appeasement

A classic example of appeasement is the Munich Pact of 1938, negotiated between Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler. Chamberlain, the prime minister of Britain, allowed Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia to Germany.

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