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appease

[uh-peez] /əˈpiz/
verb (used with object), appeased, appeasing.
1.
to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe:
to appease an angry king.
2.
to satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuage:
The fruit appeased his hunger.
3.
to 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.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English apesen < Anglo-French apeser, Old French apais(i)er, equivalent to a- a-5 + paisi- peace + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
appeasable, adjective
appeasableness, noun
appeasably, adverb
appeasement, noun
appeaser, noun
appeasingly, adverb
nonappeasable, adjective
nonappeasing, adjective
unappeasable, adjective
unappeasably, adverb
unappeased, adjective
unappeasing, adjective
unappeasingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. calm, placate. 3. 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.
Antonyms
1. enrage. 2. increase, arouse, sharpen. 3. defy.
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British Dictionary definitions for appeasable

appease

/əˈpiːz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
2.
to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)
Derived Forms
appeasable, adjective
appeaser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax
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Word Origin and History for appeasable
adj.

1540s; see appease + -able. Related: Appeasably.

appease

v.

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.

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