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/ 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
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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.
OTHER WORDS FROM appease
ap·peas·a·ble, adjectiveap·peas·a·ble·ness, nounap·peas·a·bly, adverbap·pease·ment, noun
ap·peas·er, nounap·peas·ing·ly, adverbnon·ap·peas·a·ble, adjectivenon·ap·peas·ing, adjectiveun·ap·peas·a·ble, adjectiveun·ap·peas·a·bly, adverbun·ap·peased, adjectiveun·ap·peas·ing, adjectiveun·ap·peas·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use appease in a sentence
The spinoff will appease investors who long advocated for the move, citing a stubbornly low valuation for the group company.
The announcement of additional work to better serve pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders while also seeking to reduce the harm to adjacent parkland appears aimed at appeasing critics of the highway expansion project.Maryland narrows Beltway, I-270 expansion options to adding four toll lanes to each|Katherine Shaver|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
First State National Park consists of seven sites spread out across all three counties, a little bit of everything to appease everyone, which seems so Delawarean.
Winston Churchill once said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.”Tea Party Cannibalizes Cantor|John Avlon|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Sessions|October 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for appease
/ (əˈpiːz) /
to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
Derived forms of appeaseappeasable, adjectiveappeaser, noun
Word Origin for appease
C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax
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