verb ap·pease \ə-ˈpēz\

: to make (someone) pleased or less angry by giving or saying something desired

: to make (a pain, a problem, etc.) less painful or troubling


Full Definition of APPEASE

transitive verb
:  to bring to a state of peace or quiet :  calm
:  to cause to subside :  allay <appeased my hunger>
:  pacify, conciliate; especially :  to buy off (an aggressor) by concessions usually at the sacrifice of principles
ap·peas·able \-ˈpē-zə-bəl\ adjective
ap·pease·ment \-ˈpēz-mənt\ noun
ap·peas·er noun

Examples of APPEASE

  1. They appeased the dictator by accepting his demands in an effort to avoid war.
  2. His critics were not appeased by this last speech.
  3. They made sacrifices to appease the gods.
  4. We had no way to appease our hunger.
  5. But I imagine he and his siblings, who profited handsomely from the sale, have mixed emotions. They may be sad they had to sell, yet relieved that they are no longer under pressure to appease Wall Street's demand for growth and profits. —James Laube, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 2005

Origin of APPEASE

Middle English appesen, from Anglo-French apeser, apaiser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + pais peace — more at peace
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of APPEASE

pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate mean to ease the anger or disturbance of. pacify suggests a soothing or calming <pacified by a sincere apology>. appease implies quieting insistent demands by making concessions <appease their territorial ambitions>. placate suggests changing resentment or bitterness to goodwill <a move to placate local opposition>. mollify implies soothing hurt feelings or rising anger <a speech that mollified the demonstrators>. propitiate implies averting anger or malevolence especially of a superior being <propitiated his parents by dressing up>. conciliate suggests ending an estrangement by persuasion, concession, or settling of differences <conciliating the belligerent nations>.
APPEASABLE Defined for Kids


verb ap·pease \ə-ˈpēz\

Definition of APPEASE for Kids

:  to make calm or quiet <appease their anger>
:  to make less severe <appeased his hunger>


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