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

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Other Words from appease

appeasable \ ə-​ˈpē-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce appeasable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Co-owner Walt Sterling said people have varying expectations of Mexican food, so he's tried to incorporate menu items that will appease different tastes. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "The team behind Ocotillo opened a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix. Here's what to expect," 20 Oct. 2020 For Hummer loyalists, the electric version offers a chance to appease environmental critics. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Hummer fans hope new electric model redeems the divisive brand they love," 19 Oct. 2020 Lee’s memoir is, in many ways, her attempt to appease a phantom homesickness. Frances Nguyen, Outside Online, "A Writer Retraces Her Family's Past in Taiwan," 15 Oct. 2020 The owner of Orangetheory Fitness studios in Birmingham, Commerce Township, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe Woods, Northville, Royal Oak and Troy is trying to appease both groups. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Some Michigan gyms relax mask rules during workouts," 13 Oct. 2020 What started out as an exploration of one Black family’s experience with gentrification eventually turns into a piece aimed to appease white audiences’ guilt, an artistic compromise that Radha struggles with throughout the story. Anne Cohen,, "Radha Blank’s The Forty-Year-Old Version Isn’t Autobiographical — Or Is It?," 11 Oct. 2020 Their rhetorical concessions to Arab sovereignty—intended mostly to appease US president Woodrow Wilson, the period’s great champion of national self-determination—were hollow. Robert F. Worth, The New York Review of Books, "Syria’s Lost Chance," 22 Sep. 2020 Would rapid-response testing help appease local and state health officials? Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Rapid testing coming to Pac-12, which has led to new optimism for earlier football start," 9 Sep. 2020 Dune could appease the fans who have been waiting decades to see their favorite book done justice on the big screen. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises," 9 Sep. 2020

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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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27 Oct 2020

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“Appease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of appease

often disapproving : to make (someone) pleased or less angry by giving or saying something desired
: to make (a pain, a problem, etc.) less painful or troubling


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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