- 1Pacify or placate (someone) by acceding to their demands: amendments have been added to appease local pressure groupsMore 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.
- 2Assuage or satisfy (a demand or a feeling): we give to charity because it appeases our guiltMore 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.
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- 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.
Middle English: from Old French apaisier, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + pais 'peace'.