appease

[uh-peez]
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.
  3. 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

1300–50; Middle English apesen < Anglo-French apeser, Old French apais(i)er, equivalent to a- a-5 + paisi- peace + -er infinitive suffix
Related formsap·peas·a·ble, adjectiveap·peas·a·ble·ness, nounap·peas·a·bly, adverbap·pease·ment, nounap·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

Synonyms for appease

Synonym study

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

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Examples from the Web for appeasingly

Historical Examples of appeasingly

  • "Don't let yourself get sore, Barney," Old Jimmie said appeasingly.

  • He added, appeasingly, "That's why I was so keen on getting you for tea."

    The Fortieth Door

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • Then, appeasingly: “Mrs. Kingdon said it would be better if only you and she knew who I am and why I am here at the ranch.”

    Penny of Top Hill Trail

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • “I was,” replied the Doctor, returning his glance with so keen an eye that the man smiled again, appeasingly.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable


British Dictionary definitions for appeasingly

appease

verb (tr)
  1. to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
  2. to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
Derived Formsappeasable, adjectiveappeaser, noun

Word Origin for appease

C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax
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Word Origin and History for appeasingly

appease

v.

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.

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