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 Indeed, not a few neocons were livid, claiming that Reagan was appeasing the Soviet Union. Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic, "The Neocons Strike Back," 23 Jan. 2020 Students don’t always appreciate the efforts to appease them. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Schools Took Away Students’ Phones. Now They’re Treating Separation Anxiety," 20 Jan. 2020 Instead of confronting the interviewer out of anger, as anticipated, participants facing the interviewer in reality instead tried to appease him by smiling. Vanessa K. Bohns, The Conversation, "Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance – which research shows isn’t easy," 10 Jan. 2020 The University of British Columbia authors acknowledge that other research has found that tilting the head down can also send an appeasing message. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "How to hold your head if you want to look intimidating," 15 July 2019 But from the start, senior officials inside the Justice Department viewed Huber’s task as unlikely to lead to anything of significance beyond appeasing those angry lawmakers and the president. Matt Zapotosky, BostonGlobe.com, "Justice Department winds down Clinton-related inquiry once championed by Trump," 10 Jan. 2020 But from the start, senior officials inside the Justice Department viewed Huber's task as unlikely to lead to anything of significance beyond appeasing those angry lawmakers and the president. Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky, Anchorage Daily News, "Justice Department winds down Clinton-related inquiry once championed by Trump. It found nothing of consequence.," 10 Jan. 2020 The same man who privately criticized Obama for appeasing Iran now appears to be worried that Trump will stumble into war. New York Times, "Mohammed bin Zayed’s Dark Vision of the Middle East’s Future," 9 Jan. 2020 When journalist and 48 Hills publisher Marke Bieschke engaged Chabon on Twitter, Chabon replied — seemingly in the hope of appeasing the growing backlash — that the project was in its earliest stages. Chris Zaldua, SFChronicle.com, "Who owns a tragedy? Lessons from a canceled Ghost Ship TV show," 18 Dec. 2019

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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/appeased. Accessed 17 Feb. 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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