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

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 These were promising initial moves, signaling that the meeting in Alaska was not the prelude to a Munich-like policy of appeasement toward Beijing. Lindsey Neas, National Review, "Grading the Biden Administration’s Approach on China So Far," 11 Apr. 2021 Both countries have powerful political forces that oppose not just a return to the deal, but also any steps that could be construed as appeasement. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Biden seeks return to Iran deal. Can he bring Americans with him?," 8 Apr. 2021 Its human-rights abuses grew worse under the appeasement policy of the Obama-Biden administration. Michael Mccaul And Mario Diaz-balart, WSJ, "Appeasing Cuba’s Regime Didn’t Work," 2 Apr. 2021 Her accommodation of the army over the past five years was viewed by some as political jujitsu, rather than appeasement. New York Times, "Democracy Hero? Military Foil? Myanmar’s Leader Ends Up as Neither," 1 Feb. 2021 Or would creating a stronger roster be the ultimate appeasement for Jimmy? Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has Goran Dragic become a long play for the Heat?," 27 Feb. 2021 But his Iran strategy will test whether appeasement with friends produces better outcomes than standing strong alone. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Biden’s Art of the Iran Concession," 19 Feb. 2021 María Elena moved through a world that was haunted by spirits, numinous presences who could give comfort and advice or demand sacrifice and appeasement. New York Times, "He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?," 2 Feb. 2021 David Davis referred to appeasement before the second world war. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, "The good, the bad and the ugly: how to divorce with decorum," 27 Dec. 2020

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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 9 May. 2021.

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