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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ This was a clever attempt to appease the people, but it backfired.
▪ A conciliatory gesture, some argued, would appease the cardinal and Holy Trinity would live to fight another day.
▪ But Stan was oddly unwilling to be appeased.
▪ Chacon maintains that lawmen and prosecutors, desperate to appease the public amid growing hysteria, pinned the murders on Sharif.
▪ Human rights activists accuse the United Nations of appeasing the militia.
▪ Of a burning hunger that only she could appease.
▪ They had no public opinion to appease.
▪ This was a clever attempt to appease the people, but it backfired.
▪ Too often New Labour appeases and buys off opposing forces: this third-way strategy makes few friends or permanent changes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Appease \Ap*pease"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Appealed; p. pr. & vb. n. Appeasing.] [OE. apesen, apaisen, OF. apaisier, apaissier, F. apaiser, fr. a (L. ad) + OF. pais peace, F. paix, fr. L. pax, pacis. See Peace.] To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to still; to pacify; to dispel (anger or hatred); as, to appease the tumult of the ocean, or of the passions; to appease hunger or thirst.

Syn: To pacify; quiet; conciliate; propitiate; assuage; compose; calm; allay; hush; soothe; tranquilize.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300 "to reconcile," from Anglo-French apeser, Old French apaisier "to pacify, make peace, appease, be reconciled, placate" (12c.), from the phrase a paisier "bring to peace," from a "to" (see ad-) + pais, from Latin pacem (nominative pax) "peace" (see peace). Related: Appeased; appeasing.


vb. 1 To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to dispel (anger or hatred). 2 To come to terms with; to adapt to the demands of.

  1. v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer" [syn: pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntle]

  2. overcome or allay; "quell my hunger" [syn: quell, stay]

  3. make peace with [syn: propitiate]

Usage examples of "appease".

The maritime cities, and of these the infant republic of Ragusa, implored the aid and instructions of the Byzantine court: they were advised by the magnanimous Basil to reserve a small acknowledgment of their fidelity to the Roman empire, and to appease, by an annual tribute, the wrath of these irresistible Barbarians.

Ignorant priests or astrologers administered drugs, concerning the properties of which they had no knowledge, to appease the wrath of mythological deities.

But the rising sedition was appeased by the authority and eloquence of the general: and he represented to the assembled troops the obligation of justice, the importance of discipline, the rewards of piety and virtue, and the unpardonable guilt of murder, which, in his apprehension, was aggravated rather than excused by the vice of intoxication.

But Israel stood long on the floor with his hand on his heart and his eyes to the ground, and he called on God as a debtor that will not be appeased, saying: How long wilt Thou forget me, O Lord?

Her curiosity was little appeased, for she could find no cause for having been awakened.

When you touch me, I become a woman possessed, and my frenzy is not appeased until we come together as one.

Essex, who was placable, as well as hasty and passionate, was soon appeased, and both received Raleigh into favor, and restored the other officers to then commands.

James appeased them, by preferring the severity of law to the intercession of the friends and family of the criminal.

Their Thor and Odin were at first, probably, only the thunder and the wind: but they had to be appeased in the dark marches of the forest, where hung rotting on the sacred oaks, amid carcases of goat and horse, the carcases of human victims.

If Chamberlain was right and honorable in appeasing Hitler in September 1938 by sacrificing Czechoslovakia, was Stalin wrong and dishonorable in appeasing the Fuehrer a year later at the expense of Poland, which had shunned Soviet help anyway?

All these things that happened, astonied the good man of the house, and the residue that were present, insomuch that they could not tell what to doe, or with what sacrifice to appease the anger of the gods.

Raw and primitive need had assailed her, need she sensed only Blu could appease.

When the wrath of his father-in-law had been appeased, Baldwin, now responsible for the defence of Flanders, came to Bruges with his wife, and there established his Court.

I gave in to appease her, for I knew the wish proceeded from jealousy, and that if I did not consent I should be tormented by tears, ill-humour, reproaches, melancholy, etc.

Captain Flume, but his first chore, he recalled with reluctance, was to appease Corporal Whitcomb for neglecting to delegate enough responsibility to him.