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


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