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Line breaks: ap|pease
Pronunciation: /əˈpiːz

Definition of appease in English:


[with object]
1Pacify or placate (someone) by acceding to their demands: amendments have been added to appease local pressure groups
More example sentences
  • But the insistence has not appeased local residents, who are now planning a series of meetings to call for a public inquiry.
  • I sometimes had to resort to printing out stories from the online edition of my local paper to appease her.
  • Another annoying trend is to ask for an exorbitant amount in the hope that a small amount will be offer as a means of appeasing the aggrieved person.
conciliate, placate, pacify, make peace with, propitiate, palliate, allay, reconcile, win over;
calm (down), mollify, soothe, quieten down, subdue, soften, content, still, quieten, silence, tranquillize, humour
informal sweeten
2Assuage or satisfy (a demand or a feeling): we give to charity because it appeases our guilt
More example sentences
  • In a self-protective manner, he concludes that this patient is too fragile to withstand a nephrectomy and appeases his feelings of guilt about silently following the mass noted previously.
  • He denied that the death of Christ was necessary to satisfy divine justice and appease God's wrath.
  • God to me is simply an artefact of my brain, a curiosity that has evolved to appease the terrors of contemplating my own end.


Middle English: from Old French apaisier, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + pais 'peace'.



Example sentences
  • Once more therapists and appeasers rushed to the scene to end the debate before people could discuss the interesting problems it raised.
  • To appeasers, rough men are coarse government tools.
  • It has become commonplace for the appeasers to speak of ‘millions of deaths’ among the opponents' civilian population and to warn of widespread ecological and economic disaster.

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