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verb (used with object),ap·peased, ap·peas·ing.
  1. to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe: to appease an angry king.

  2. to satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuage: The fruit appeased his hunger.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English apesen, from Anglo-French apeser, Old French apais(i)er; equivalent to a-5 + peace

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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.

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Other words from appease

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for appease


/ (əˈpiːz) /

  1. to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of

  2. to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)

Origin of appease

C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax

Derived forms of appease

  • appeasable, adjective
  • appeaser, noun

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