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’
    • ‘I'm strong and weak is doing things that would appease people, and weak is not speaking the truth.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Some of the men were appeased and headed for home, but many could not be bought so easily.’
    • ‘I sometimes had to resort to printing out stories from the online edition of my local paper to appease her.’
    • ‘The only thing that it can do now to appease the people would be to resign.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were getting desperate, and soliciting the same types in order to appease their clients.’
    • ‘I just hope it will not be one of those cases where they say something will be investigated just to appease the people.’
    • ‘Only the happy trip to Morocco in 1832 appeased the artist and freed him momentarily from his nightmares.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But the insistence has not appeased local residents, who are now planning a series of meetings to call for a public inquiry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After some research, I see that one can sacrifice goats in order to gain riches or appease the gods.’
    • ‘She agreed to start paying income tax to appease the people as a result.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think I appeased him, and I quietly moved on and enjoyed the rest of the show.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘The captain fidgeted as he reached for the words to say to make her understand and to appease her fears.’
    • ‘And we refuse to appease the aggression and brutality of evil men.’
    • ‘We eat candy bars as fast as we can peel them to appease our oral fixations and our need for a fix.’
    • ‘God is satisfied: his wrath is appeased; justice has been done.’
    • ‘He denied that the death of Christ was necessary to satisfy divine justice and appease God's wrath.’
    • ‘Shrugging, she finally ripped her lunch open before appeasing his curiosity.’
    • ‘The specter of killing the innocent to appease some nameless fear disgusted even the hardened’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘God to me is simply an artefact of my brain, a curiosity that has evolved to appease the terrors of contemplating my own end.’
    • ‘Apparently dancing with a gay guy appeases a girl's desire to dance, which at the same time is not construed as flirtation.’
    • ‘I was thinking of putting in another willy story just to appease the constant requests I get.’
    • ‘When she finally appeased her parents' curiosity by doing so they naturally asked him about his family and background.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She knew it was only a nightmare, but somehow that didn't appease the terror she felt.’
    • ‘My curiosity was appeased when I got to enter four of those studios on Saturday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, the tension is in the past and the sexual curiosity was appeased.’
    • ‘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’.