appeasement

noun ap·pease·ment \ ə-ˈpēz-mənt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of appeasement

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

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First Known Use of appeasement

15th century


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