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.
- ap·peas·a·ble, adjective
- ap·peas·a·ble·ness, noun
- ap·peas·a·bly, adverb
- ap·pease·ment, noun
- ap·peas·er, noun
- ap·peas·ing·ly, adverb
- non·ap·peas·a·ble, adjective
- non·ap·peas·ing, adjective
- un·ap·peas·a·ble, adjective
- un·ap·peas·a·bly, adverb
- un·ap·peased, adjective
- un·ap·peas·ing, adjective
- un·ap·peas·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use appease in a sentence
What’s more, the Timberwolves moved heaven and earth to land Russell at the trade deadline in an effort to appease franchise center Karl-Anthony Towns.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder | Ben Golliver | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
By that wording, if the protocol was enforced and Turner not appeased, he should have been isolated and not around coaches, teammates and so on.MLB investigating after Justin Turner ‘refused to comply’ with officials during celebration | Dave Sheinin, Jesse Dougherty | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
Bones of hundreds of llamas had already been found at Tambo Viejo, consistent with Spanish historical accounts of mass llama sacrifices to appease various Inca deities.Mummified llamas yield new insights into Inca ritual sacrifices | Bruce Bower | October 27, 2020 | Science News
At the same time, in an effort to appease right-leaning voters, Ammar Campa-Najjar has really ostracized some of his progressive supporters.
So I did that to appease them but I knew it was a fruitless effort, and as I say in the podcast, that didn’t last very long.Former Avalon singer on coming out, getting ousted and where he is today | Joey DiGuglielmo | October 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
Fenner said that they realized that he had only been appeasing the leaders and family members with their requests.
Still, he has no plans on appeasing them—nor anyone else expecting the “status quo.”Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to New York City | Alex Suskind | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He called out the Republicans for “appeasing” the Tea Party on issues that have nothing to do with the deficit.Iran, Yes. Congress, No. Obama Won’t Budge for Hardliners at Home | Eleanor Clift | September 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He should start preparing for that day now and stop appeasing the opponents of peace.
See the IPC book Appeasing the Ayatollahs and Suppressing Democracy.
There is no crime which men have not committed in the idea of pleasing the Deity or of appeasing His wrath.Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
It must be confessed that this system of appeasing discontent by extending the suffrage, has several things to recommend it.
"Well, it is sorta personal and rather abrupt," agreed the midget in an appeasing tone.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
Accordingly, they at once set about appeasing their appetites—on blubber!The Land of Fire | Mayne Reid
Appeasing all the troubles caused by the rebellion, she ruled with such wisdom and prudence as to excite the admiration of all.Female Warriors, Vol. I (of 2) | Ellen C. Clayton
British Dictionary definitions for appease
to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
- appeasable, adjective
- appeaser, noun
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