appeasement

noun

ap·​pease·​ment ə-ˈpēz-mənt How to pronounce appeasement (audio)
plural appeasements
1
: the act or action of appeasing someone or something
… one tribe may go in for the appeasement of local ghosts …W. D. Howells
especially : a policy of appeasing an enemy or potential aggressor by making concessions
Although appeasement may work in individual cases, terrorist groups with global ambitions cannot be appeased by territorial concessions. Walter Laqueur
The Munich analogy—recalling the Allies' appeasement of Germany over its demands on Czechoslovakia in 1938—has been cited again and again, and this is understandable. Fredric Smoler
2
: the state of being satisfied
an experience from which he derived little appeasement
… we are relieved to read of Shaw … alleviating the tedium of a vegetarian diet with secret gorges on boiled sweets and cake; his sensuality found appeasement in sugar.Robertson Davies

Examples of appeasement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, in the face of it all, Biden continues his appeasement strategy toward Iran, and has made brow beating Israel into leaving Hamas alone the centerpiece of his Middle East policy. Chris Roemer, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2024 Campuses have tried tactics from appeasement to threats of disciplinary action to resolve the protests and clear the way for upcoming commencements. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 8 May 2024 Though the murder rate had declined for several years since an all-time peak in 2015 of 106 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, largely due to government negotiations with, and appeasement of, the two leading gangs, Bukele’s approach effectively broke the power of the gangs. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 31 Jan. 2024 But much less has been heard lately of the conservative critique of Kissinger, which claimed that Kissinger’s policy was tantamount to appeasement. Niall Ferguson, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for appeasement 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of appeasement was in the 15th century

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“Appeasement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appeasement. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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