ap·​pease | \ ə-ˈpēz How to pronounce appease (audio) \
appeased; appeasing

Essential Meaning of appease

1 often disapproving : to make (someone) pleased or less angry by giving or saying something desired They appeased the dictator by accepting his demands in an effort to avoid war. Efforts to appease [=pacify, placate] the angry protesters were unsuccessful. See More ExamplesHis critics were not appeased by this last speech. They made sacrifices to appease the gods.Hide
2 : to make (a pain, a problem, etc.) less painful or troubling We had no way to appease our hunger. She appeased [=eased] her guilty conscience by telling him the truth.

Full Definition of appease

transitive verb

1 : pacify, conciliate especially : to make concessions to (someone, such as an aggressor or a critic) often at the sacrifice of principles appeased the dictator by accepting his demands Placaters, who try hard to appease others so as to keep the peace, fear getting hurt in some way. — Mike Cote
2 : to cause to subside : allay appeased my hunger trying to appease her guilty conscience
3 : to bring to a state of peace or quiet : calm appease a quarrel

Other Words from appease

appeasable \ ə-​ˈpē-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce appease (audio) \ adjective
appeaser noun

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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

Examples of appease in a Sentence

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 The first is that, in affluent America, mothering has gone from an art to a cult, with devotees driving themselves to ever more baroque extremes to appease the goddess of perfect motherhood. — Judith Shulevitz, New York Times Book Review, 20 Feb. 2005 It was last summer, and Gingell, then Sun Microsystems's chief software engineer, had an excuse: His twin-engine Cessna had broken down, and he'd lost track of time while he gabbed on the phone with his mechanic. That wasn't likely to appease Sun's famously tart-tongued CEO, Scott McNealy, who was getting his introductory briefing on a vital new technology initiative that happened to be Gingell's brainchild. — Erick Schonfeld, Business 2.0, September 2002 The California legislature's solution to this seemingly intractable problem was a politically appealing package with features to appease both utility investors and ratepayers. — Benjamin A. Holden, Wall Street Journal, 19 Feb. 1997 They appeased the dictator by accepting his demands in an effort to avoid war. His critics were not appeased by this last speech. They made sacrifices to appease the gods. We had no way to appease our hunger.
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Recent Examples on the Web Such assurances may not appease at least some workers at the company. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2021 That compromise certainly won’t appease the hard-liners. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Facing a slim margin in the House and a 50-50 Senate, Democrats had planned to advance both bills at once to appease the moderate and progressive wings of the party, betting the fate of Joe Biden’s domestic agenda on the bills’ joint success. Charlotte Alter, Time, 29 Sep. 2021 But those claims of progress aren't likely to appease committee members, whose memo cited several research papers indicating that misinformation and extremism are still rampant on the platforms. Brian Fung, CNN, 25 Mar. 2021 Biden’s concessions—ostensibly intended to appease more conservative members of the party—could easily come back to haunt him, progressive organizers say. Marie Solis, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2021 The new limitations were put in place to appease the more moderate members of their party. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Samantha Froelich, whose testimony was played in a deposition video by the plaintiffs, joined the far-right group Identity Evropa for about a year to appease her boyfriend. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Hence the problem encountered by every GOP candidate running statewide these days: how to appease the party base without putting off the far greater number of Democratic and independent voters. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of appease

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for appease

Middle English appesen, from Anglo-French apeser, apaiser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + pais peace — more at peace

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ap·​pease | \ ə-ˈpēz How to pronounce appease (audio) \
appeased; appeasing

Kids Definition of appease

1 : to make calm or quiet appease their anger
2 : to make less severe appeased his hunger

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