appease

ap•pease
[[t]əˈpiz[/t]] v. t. -peased, -peas•ing
1) to bring to a state of calm; pacify:
to appease an angry king[/ex]
2) to satisfy; relieve:
The fruit appeased his hunger[/ex]
3) gov to yield to the demands of in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of one's principles
Etymology: 1300–50; ME apesen < AF apeser, OF apais(i)er= A-5+pais peace ap•peas′a•ble, adj. ap•pease′ment, n. ap•peas′er, n. ap•peas′ing•ly, adv. syn: appease, conciliate, propitiate imply trying to overcome hostility or win favor. To appease is to make anxious overtures and often undue concessions to satisfy someone's demands: Chamberlain tried to appease Hitler at Munich. To conciliate is to win over an enemy or opponent by friendly gestures and a willingness to cooperate: to conciliate an opposing faction. To propitiate is to soften the anger of a powerful superior who has been offended: Offerings were made to propitiate the gods.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appease — (v.) c.1300 to reconcile, from Anglo Fr. apeser, O.Fr. apaisier to pacify, make peace, appease, be reconciled, placate (12c.), from the phrase a paisier bring to peace, from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + pais, from L. pacem (nom. pax) peace (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • appease — index allay, assuage, disarm (set at ease), mitigate, moderate (temper), mollify, pacify …   Law dictionary

  • appease — *pacify, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate Analogous words: assuage, alleviate, mitigate, lighten, *relieve: *palliate, extenuate: *satisfy, content Antonyms: exasperate, aggravate Contrasted words: perturb, upset, disturb, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • appease — [v] satisfy, pacify allay, alleviate, assuage, be enough, blunt, calm, compose, conciliate, content, diminish, do*, ease, gratify, lessen, lull, make matters up, meet halfway, mitigate, mollify, patch things up, placate, propitiate, quell, quench …   New thesaurus

  • appease — ► VERB ▪ placate (someone) by agreeing to their demands. DERIVATIVES appeasement noun appeaser noun. ORIGIN Old French apaisier, from pais peace …   English terms dictionary

  • appease — [ə pēz′] vt. appeased, appeasing [ME apaisen < OFr apaisier < a , to + pais < L pax, PEACE] 1. to pacify or quiet, esp. by giving in to the demands of 2. to satisfy or relieve [water appeases thirst] SYN. PACIFY appeasable adj. appeaser …   English World dictionary

  • appease — appeasable, adj. appeasableness, n. appeasably, adv. appeasement, n. appeaser, n. appeasingly, adv. /euh peez /, v.t., appeased, appeasing. 1. to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pa …   Universalium

  • appease — [[t]əpi͟ːz[/t]] appeases, appeasing, appeased VERB (disapproval) If you try to appease someone, you try to stop them from being angry by giving them what they want. [V n] Gandhi was accused by some of trying to appease both factions of the… …   English dictionary

  • appease — verb 1) an attempt to appease his critics Syn: conciliate, placate, pacify, mollify, propitiate, reconcile, win over See note at pacify Ant: provoke, inflame 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

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