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

Choose the Right Synonym for appease

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 In order to appease this demand, a new cohort of nonfiction companies has emerged. 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'appease.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About appease

Time Traveler for appease

Time Traveler

The first known use of appease was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near appease

appear in print

appease

appeasement

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for appease

Last Updated

4 Oct 2022

Cite this Entry

“Appease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appease. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for appease

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

More from Merriam-Webster on appease

Nglish: Translation of appease for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of appease for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!