- 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
Synonyms for appease
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.
Antonyms for appease
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Words for appeasersnegotiator, mediator, diplomat, arbitrator, pacifist, conciliator, peacekeeper, appeaser, make-peace, pacifier, pacificator, placater
Examples from the Web for appeasers
Contemporary Examples of appeasers
Their increased influence in the party permitted the Republican Party to caricature the Democrats as appeasers.Obama the Hawk?
December 2, 2008
- to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
- to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
Word Origin for appease
C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper