appease


appease
appeasable, adj.appeasableness, n.appeasably, adv.appeasement, n.appeaser, n.appeasingly, adv.
/euh peez"/, v.t., appeased, appeasing.
1. to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe: to appease an angry king.
2. to satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuage: The fruit appeased his hunger.
3. to yield or concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.
[1300-50; ME apesen < AF apeser, OF apais(i)er, equiv. to a- A-5 + paisi- PEACE + -er inf. suffix]
Syn. 1. calm, placate. 3. APPEASE, CONCILIATE, PROPITIATE imply trying to preserve or obtain peace. To APPEASE is to make anxious overtures and often undue concessions to satisfy the demands of someone with a greed for power, territory, etc.: Chamberlain tried to appease Hitler at Munich. To CONCILIATE is to win an enemy or opponent over by displaying a willingness to be just and fair: When mutual grievances are recognized, conciliation is possible. To PROPITIATE is to admit a fault, and, by trying to make amends, to allay hostile feeling: to propitiate an offended neighbor.
Ant. 1. enrage. 2. increase, arouse, sharpen. 3. defy.

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Universalium. 2010.

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