- 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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Examples from the Web for appeaser
Winston Churchill once said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.”Tea Party Cannibalizes Cantor
June 11, 2014
From the GOP campaign trail, Rick Santorum insisted no apology was necessary, and Newt Gingrich called Obama an “appeaser.”After Cairo and Benghazi Attacks, Conservatives Resurrect Obama ‘Apology Tour’ Lie
October 23, 2012
- to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
- to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
Word Origin and History for appeaser
mid-15c., agent noun from appease (v.). Political sense attested from 1940.
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.