Appease definition

ə-pēz
To satisfy or relieve.

Water appeases thirst.

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To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to dispel (anger or hatred).

To appease the tumult of the ocean.

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To come to terms with; to adapt to the demands of.

They appeased the angry gods with burnt offerings.

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To pacify or quiet, esp. by giving in to the demands of.
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To satisfy, relieve, or assuage.

Appease one's thirst.

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To placate or attempt to placate (a threatening nation, for example) by granting concessions, often at the expense of principle.
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To calm, soothe, or quiet (someone).

Appeased the baby with a pacifier.

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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.

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Origin of appease

  • Middle English appesen from Old French apesier a- to (from Latin ad- ad–) pais peace (from Latin pāx pag- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English apesen, from Old French apeser (“to pacify, bring to peace”), from a (“to”) + pais, modification of French paix (“peace”); see peace.

    From Wiktionary