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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.
  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.
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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

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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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Related Words for unappeasable

avid, covetous, edacious, empty, gluttonous, grasping, greedy, gross, insatiable, omnivorous, prodigious, rapacious, ravenous, uncontrolled, gorging, piggy, ravening, unquenchable

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Historical Examples of unappeasable

  • When she reached Tripoli, the anger of the Bashaw was unappeasable.

    The Naval History of the United States

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • "I require an unconditional surrender," said Flora, with an unappeasable smile.

  • Why did we fall into this gnawing disease of unappeasable dissatisfaction?

  • It was an irresistible, insatiable, unappeasable, overwhelming clamor for more.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • What, then, shall fill the crying and unappeasable void of our souls?

    Devereux, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for unappeasable


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)
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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 unappeasable


1560s, from un- (1) "not" + appeasable. Related: Unappeasably.

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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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