- The definition of appease is to pacify or quiet someone by giving them what they want.
An example is that a mother might give her child a lollipop to appease him after listening to him beg for hours.
transitive verbap·peased, ap·peas·ing, ap·peas·es
- a. To placate or attempt to placate (a threatening nation, for example) by granting concessions, often at the expense of principle.b. To calm, soothe, or quiet (someone): appeased the baby with a pacifier. See Synonyms at pacify.
- To satisfy, relieve, or assuage: appease one's thirst.
Origin of appeaseMiddle English appesen, from Old French apesier : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + pais, peace (from Latin pāx; see pag- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present appeases, present participle appeasing, simple past and past participle appeased)