1: pacify, conciliateespecially: to make concessions to (someone, such as an aggressor or a critic) often at the sacrifice of principles appeased the dictator by accepting his demandsPlacaters, 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: allayappeased my hungertrying to appease her guilty conscience
3: to bring to a state of peace or quiet : calmappease a quarrel
pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate mean to ease the anger or disturbance of. pacify suggests a soothing or calming.
pacified by a sincere apologyappease implies quieting insistent demands by making concessions.
appease their territorial ambitionsplacate 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 upconciliate 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. 2005The 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. 2005It 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 2002The 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
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Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Sep. 2022 So now the Heat have to alter their most-effective style in order to appease some sort of set of judges?
Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2022 Though half of the Housewives agreed, in order to appease Teresa, Margaret stood firm in her refusal.
Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 29 Mar. 2022 And the Chinese companies that hold the rights to international films in the country often self-censor to appease regulators before general releases.
Michelle Toh, Nectar Gan, And Cnn's Beijing Bureau, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 The stablecoin deal with Silvergate was part of a revamp last year meant to appease regulators.
Liz Hoffman, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 The electric vehicle market is also becoming much more competitive as the traditional carmakers belatedly respond with models that people want to buy rather than the small electric vehicles typically made to appease regulators.
Jack Ewing, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 Tencent rolled out widespread facial recognition checks on games earlier this year to appease regulators, a practice that’s likely to become an industry standard, Ahmad says.
Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2021 The company needs to appease increasingly combative regulators, who are looking for any reason to investigate the company.
Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 12 June 2021 See More
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