appease

verb
ap·​pease | \ ə-ˈpēz How to pronounce appease (audio) \
appeased; appeasing

Definition of appease

transitive verb

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
2 : to cause to subside : allay appeased my hunger trying to appease her guilty conscience
3 : to bring to a state of peace or quiet : calm appease a quarrel

Other Words from appease

appeasable \ ə-​ˈpē-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce appease (audio) \ adjective
appeaser noun

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pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate mean to ease the anger or disturbance of. pacify suggests a soothing or calming. pacified by a sincere apology appease implies quieting insistent demands by making concessions. appease their territorial ambitions placate suggests changing resentment or bitterness to goodwill. a move to placate local opposition mollify implies soothing hurt feelings or rising anger. a speech that mollified the demonstrators propitiate implies averting anger or malevolence especially of a superior being. propitiated his parents by dressing up conciliate suggests ending an estrangement by persuasion, concession, or settling of differences. conciliating the belligerent nations

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web For example, product-makers intentionally use pink or purple materials or infuse packaging, with sweet or flowery scents to appease gender-normative marketing strategies. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 28 July 2022 The pledge is the latest among a series of moves by Chinese authorities to appease a homebuyer revolt nationwide. Laura He, CNN, 22 July 2022 Known as people pleasing, fawning involves abandoning your own needs to appease and avoid conflict. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 There was one more sobering warning from his prepared statement, one set against the backdrop of those who continue to defend or appease Trump in his lies about who won the election. Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2022 The Biden administration had allowed for the possibility of new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, also to appease Mr. Manchin, several administration officials have acknowledged. New York Times, 15 July 2022 Yet, classism and ageism seem to play major roles in the strict policies that impacted go-go music, and some D.C. natives feel that its regulation and tie to violence has both historically and currently been done to appease white gentrifiers. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 2 July 2022 The kickoff time will likely remain out of the infamous 7:30 p.m. PDT slot to appease fans in Ann Arbor. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 The government has made attempts to appease the protesters, such as promising to reserve 10% vacancies in select paramilitary forces for the soldiers who don’t make it to the permanent roles. Shefali Anand, WSJ, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of appease

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for appease

Middle English appesen, from Anglo-French apeser, apaiser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + pais peace — more at peace

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“Appease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appease. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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appease

verb
ap·​pease | \ ə-ˈpēz How to pronounce appease (audio) \
appeased; appeasing

Kids Definition of appease

1 : to make calm or quiet appease their anger
2 : to make less severe appeased his hunger

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