Definition of appease
- appease a quarrel
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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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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