ap·​pease·​ment | \ ə-ˈpēz-mənt How to pronounce appeasement (audio) \
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Definition of appeasement

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 Whatever its merits, the push for a Civilian Climate Corps is a product of that appeasement process. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 22 July 2021 At a row of chairs nearby, massages were being sold—decadent appeasement for the people. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 So rather than marshaling its resources to refute the blame-America narrative, Team Biden proposes appeasement, with a larger staff at the U.S. Embassy and more remittances to the island. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 25 July 2021 Sharing, at every level of the people, was believed a spiritual necessity, crucial to the well-being of the living and the appeasement of the dead—and to an enhanced afterlife for the donor. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2021 The Moon administration’s support for the anti-leaflet law pits South Korean appeasement of the Kim Jong-un regime against Biden’s strong emphasis on human rights promotion and freedoms of expression. Scott Snyder, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The following year brought a now-infamous photo op between Modi and Bollywood elites—an episode of appeasement or perhaps opportunism by elements of the industry. Aatish Taseer, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 And America already knows where the Republican Party's appeasement of this kind of extremism can lead. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 25 May 2021 Some strategic thinkers in the West have taken alarm over the prospect of a China–Russia consortium, but their response has been to advocate a policy of appeasement toward Putin. Robert Zubrin, National Review, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of appeasement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Appeasement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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