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’
    • ‘Given his record for stirring controversy and goading spectators sometimes to the point of violence, you believe that appeasing the audience is low on his list of priorities.’
    • ‘After some research, I see that one can sacrifice goats in order to gain riches or appease the gods.’
    • ‘There is a difference, too, between appeasing men of violence and seeking to limit their appeal, just as the leaders of global terror must be separated from those who could become their followers.’
    • ‘Why oh why oh why are voters always appeased by learning that their government is supposedly tackling a problem by throwing more money at it?’
    • ‘The only thing that it can do now to appease the people would be to resign.’
    • ‘They would dispute that they are appeasing him.’
    • ‘The website contains enough hard facts to appease the historians, and leaves enough questions to enthrall the mystery lovers.’
    • ‘Only the happy trip to Morocco in 1832 appeased the artist and freed him momentarily from his nightmares.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But despite spending nearly £6,000 on sound-proofing the PA system a month ago, it has not appeased residents.’
    • ‘Some of the men were appeased and headed for home, but many could not be bought so easily.’
    • ‘They were getting desperate, and soliciting the same types in order to appease their clients.’
    • ‘She agreed to start paying income tax to appease the people as a result.’
    • ‘I think I appeased him, and I quietly moved on and enjoyed the rest of the show.’
    • ‘Read it if you want to know the cost of appeasing our enemies, and especially if you're still not quite sure just who are enemy is (hint, it's not us).’
    • ‘Coming off the bench on Wednesday appeased him, but he believes a point may come when he is so upset by his treatment that he will decline to be selected for future squads.’
    • ‘I just hope it will not be one of those cases where they say something will be investigated just to appease the people.’
    • ‘I sometimes had to resort to printing out stories from the online edition of my local paper to appease her.’
    • ‘But the insistence has not appeased local residents, who are now planning a series of meetings to call for a public inquiry.’
    • ‘I'm strong and weak is doing things that would appease people, and weak is not speaking the truth.’
    conciliate, placate, pacify, make peace with, propitiate, palliate, allay, reconcile, win over
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  • 2Assuage or satisfy (a demand or a feeling)

    ‘we give to charity because it appeases our guilt’
    • ‘My curiosity was appeased when I got to enter four of those studios on Saturday.’
    • ‘She knew it was only a nightmare, but somehow that didn't appease the terror she felt.’
    • ‘And we refuse to appease the aggression and brutality of evil men.’
    • ‘Apparently dancing with a gay guy appeases a girl's desire to dance, which at the same time is not construed as flirtation.’
    • ‘Until the two headliners finally meet, what really seems to drive the narrative here is appeasing an audience's curiosity as to which star will be highlighted next.’
    • ‘I was thinking of putting in another willy story just to appease the constant requests I get.’
    • ‘The captain fidgeted as he reached for the words to say to make her understand and to appease her fears.’
    • ‘We eat candy bars as fast as we can peel them to appease our oral fixations and our need for a fix.’
    • ‘It soothes, appeases the anger of the outraged, stills the fear of death and reminds us of tripe eaten in former days where there was always a half-filled pot of it on the stove.’
    • ‘So, the tension is in the past and the sexual curiosity was appeased.’
    • ‘God to me is simply an artefact of my brain, a curiosity that has evolved to appease the terrors of contemplating my own end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shrugging, she finally ripped her lunch open before appeasing his curiosity.’
    • ‘He denied that the death of Christ was necessary to satisfy divine justice and appease God's wrath.’
    • ‘When she finally appeased her parents' curiosity by doing so they naturally asked him about his family and background.’
    • ‘The price of appeasing the morbid fears of a society that cannot look death in the eye is a measure that will compound such fears, while setting back medical endeavours to combat the causes of diseases that result in premature death.’
    • ‘Relationships are continuously played out as a game, an endeavour that appeases the passions, as each character presents their vulgar view of the non-existence of love.’
    • ‘The specter of killing the innocent to appease some nameless fear disgusted even the hardened’
    • ‘God is satisfied: his wrath is appeased; justice has been done.’
    • ‘I have returned to you in this lifetime, and in the future, I will find you again and again until our love is appeased, if that is ever possible.’
    satisfy, fulfil, gratify, meet, fill, serve, provide for, indulge
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Middle English: from Old French apaisier, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + pais ‘peace’.