Definition of appease
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
3 : to bring to a state of peace or quiet : calm appease a quarrel
appeasableplay \-ˈpē-zə-bəl\ adjective
appeasementplay \-ˈpēz-mənt\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of appease from the Web
Dottie threatens to leave, suggesting to the higher-ups that a trade be made to appease the situation.
Weddings are a universal quagmire of money and guilt — so many people to appease, fragile feelings, and dollar signs!
Those assurances didn’t appease most of the crowd of about 160 people packed into Mooresville Town Hall that night.
The tepid arrangement of the title selection that opened the show seemed intended to appease elder patrons rather than to engage baby boomers.
To appease some Senate Republicans, and hold the coalition, the Senate decided early Thursday to reverse its decision on allowing some property taxes to increase next year to fund K-12 funding.
According to Steinem, DC’s engagement with feminism and race was in part an effort to appease activists such as herself.
News reports painted the rejection as a way for India to appease China, or at least avoid needlessly provoking Beijing.
Other Republicans welcomed the proposal as lawmakers try to appease the state’s high court by addressing the adequacy issues the court found in the current education funding system.
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Synonym Discussion of appease
APPEASE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appease for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of appease for Students
1 : to make calm or quiet appease their anger
2 : to make less severe appeased his hunger
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