- the policy of acceding to the demands of a potentially hostile nation in the hope of maintaining peace
- the act of appeasing
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to bring to a state of calm;
pacify: to appease an angry parent with apologies.
- to satisfy;
relieve: The fruit appeased his hunger.
- Governmentto give in to someone's demands so as to lessen anger or prevent fighting;
- to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment;
soothe:to appease an angry king.
- to satisfy, allay, or relieve;
assuage:The fruit appeased his hunger.
- Governmentto yield or concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.
- Anglo-French apeser, Old French apais(i)er, equivalent. to a- a-5 + paisi- peace + -er infinitive suffix
- Middle English apesen 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calm, placate.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Appease, conciliate, propitiate imply trying to preserve or obtain peace. To appease is to make anxious overtures and often undue concessions to satisfy the demands of someone with a greed for power, territory, etc.:Chamberlain tried to appease Hitler at Munich.To conciliate is to win an enemy or opponent over by displaying a willingness to be just and fair:When mutual grievances are recognized, conciliation is possible.To propitiate is to admit a fault, and, by trying to make amends, to allay hostile feeling:to propitiate an offended neighbor.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged enrage.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged increase, arouse, sharpen.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged defy.