appease

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

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

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Other Words from appease

appeasable \ ə-​ˈpē-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce appeasable (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 To appease the strikers and their supporters, the Senate quickly passed the bill on June 22—the same day the ARU joined the Pullman strike. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Labor Day's surprisingly radical origins," 4 Sep. 2020 Feeling desperate and besieged, Lindsay’s deputy mayor reluctantly agreed to raise the flag to appease the crowd. Vincent J. Cannato, National Review, "When the Silent Majority Rioted in New York City," 3 Sep. 2020 The bride and groom also enlisted their friends to chaperone and appease Steph's mum throughout. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "How To Survive Your Wedding When Your Parents Are Divorced," 25 Aug. 2020 Instead of searching for new untapped deposits of crude, oil executives are channeling cash into dividends and other shareholder-friendly initiatives to appease investors fed up with years of poor returns. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Drilling drops to 15-year low in Permian Basin and other U.S. oil patches," 8 Aug. 2020 It is considered common wisdom that the key to Middle East peacemaking is for the U.S. to profess its neutrality while pressuring Israel to offer unilateral concessions to appease the Palestinians.... WSJ, "Trump Succeeds in Middle East Where Others Failed," 25 Aug. 2020 The Blackwing variants of the vehicles should appease those looking for track performance from a Cadillac. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "2022 Cadillac V-Series Blackwing Cars Getting Performance Steering Wheel," 20 Aug. 2020 That was enough to appease the Utah Medical Association, which had previously spoken against the bill. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Legislature OKs bill relaxing qualifications for state health director," 20 Aug. 2020 On Wednesday, the Japanese restaurant announced on Instagram that diners will once again be able to dine inside the domes for $200 per person meals this week after making some modifications to appease the Department of Public Health. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco dome dining has already returned, with some modifications," 19 Aug. 2020

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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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“Appease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appease. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for appease

appease

verb
How to pronounce appease (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of appease

formal
often disapproving : to make (someone) pleased or less angry by giving or saying something desired
: to make (a pain, a problem, etc.) less painful or troubling

appease

verb
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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