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[uh-peez] /əˈpiz/
verb (used with object), appeased, appeasing.
to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe:
to appease an angry king.
to satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuage:
The fruit appeased his hunger.
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 of appease
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
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.
1. enrage. 2. increase, arouse, sharpen. 3. defy. Unabridged
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  • They say his temper is violent beyond control, and that submission irritates instead of appeasing him: what then if I resent?

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • Calm like this was new to her, and because new it was appeasing, wonderful.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • And it was presented, for Vanslyperken knew no other way of appeasing her wrath.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Accordingly, they at once set about appeasing their appetites—on blubber!

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • Do we not still remember that the name of "Munich" symbolizes a vain hope of appeasing dictators?

    The Communist Threat in the Taiwan Area John Foster Dulles and Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Rise therefore, and offer sacrifice to Juno, appeasing her wrath.

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
British Dictionary definitions for appeasing


verb (transitive)
to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
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 appeasing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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