appease

  • 1 Appease — Ap*pease , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appeasing}.] [OE. apesen, apaisen, OF. apaisier, apaissier, F. apaiser, fr. a (L. ad) + OF. pais peace, F. paix, fr. L. pax, pacis. See {Peace}.] To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 appease — (v.) c.1300 to reconcile, from Anglo Fr. apeser, O.Fr. apaisier to pacify, make peace, appease, be reconciled, placate (12c.), from the phrase a paisier bring to peace, from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + pais, from L. pacem (nom. pax) peace (see …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 appease — index allay, assuage, disarm (set at ease), mitigate, moderate (temper), mollify, pacify …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 appease — *pacify, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate Analogous words: assuage, alleviate, mitigate, lighten, *relieve: *palliate, extenuate: *satisfy, content Antonyms: exasperate, aggravate Contrasted words: perturb, upset, disturb, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 appease — [v] satisfy, pacify allay, alleviate, assuage, be enough, blunt, calm, compose, conciliate, content, diminish, do*, ease, gratify, lessen, lull, make matters up, meet halfway, mitigate, mollify, patch things up, placate, propitiate, quell, quench …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 appease — ► VERB ▪ placate (someone) by agreeing to their demands. DERIVATIVES appeasement noun appeaser noun. ORIGIN Old French apaisier, from pais peace …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 appease — [ə pēz′] vt. appeased, appeasing [ME apaisen < OFr apaisier < a , to + pais < L pax, PEACE] 1. to pacify or quiet, esp. by giving in to the demands of 2. to satisfy or relieve [water appeases thirst] SYN. PACIFY appeasable adj. appeaser …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 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; pa …

    Universalium

  • 9 appease — ap•pease [[t]əˈpiz[/t]] v. t. peased, peas•ing 1) to bring to a state of calm; pacify: to appease an angry king[/ex] 2) to satisfy; relieve: The fruit appeased his hunger[/ex] 3) gov to yield to the demands of in a conciliatory effort, sometimes… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 10 appease — [[t]əpi͟ːz[/t]] appeases, appeasing, appeased VERB (disapproval) If you try to appease someone, you try to stop them from being angry by giving them what they want. [V n] Gandhi was accused by some of trying to appease both factions of the… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 appease — verb 1) an attempt to appease his critics Syn: conciliate, placate, pacify, mollify, propitiate, reconcile, win over See note at pacify Ant: provoke, inflame 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12 appease — UK [əˈpiːz] / US [əˈpɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms appease : present tense I/you/we/they appease he/she/it appeases present participle appeasing past tense appeased past participle appeased 1) to give your opponents what they want By failing… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 appease — /əˈpiz / (say uh peez) verb (t) (appeased, appeasing) 1. to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, or content: to appease an angry king. 2. to satisfy: to appease one s hunger. 3. to accede to the belligerent demands of (a country, government,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 appease — verb /əˈpiːz/ a) To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to dispel (anger or hatred). to appease the tumult of the ocean b) To come to terms with; to adapt to the demands of. First, a little refreshment to reward my exertions. You… …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 appease — verb Appease is used with these nouns as the object: ↑conscience, ↑wrath …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 appease — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. mollify, pacify, soothe, placate; satisfy, slake. See pacification, moderation, sufficiency.Ant., antagonize, enrage. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To satisfy] Syn. allay, relieve, satisfy, assuage; see… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 appease — ap|pease [əˈpi:z] v [T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: apaisier, from pais peace ] to make someone less angry or stop them from attacking you by giving them what they want ▪ They attempted to appease international opposition by… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 appease — transitive verb (appeased; appeasing) Etymology: Middle English appesen, from Anglo French apeser, apaiser, from a (from Latin ad ) + pais peace more at peace Date: 14th century 1. to bring to a state of peace or quiet ; calm …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 appease — Synonyms and related words: abate, allay, alleviate, anesthetize, assuage, benumb, calm, calm down, cater to, coddle, compose, conciliate, content, cool, cradle, cushion, deaden, deaden the pain, defuse, diminish, dulcify, dull, ease, ease… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 appease — ap|pease [ ə piz ] verb transitive 1. ) to give your opponents what they want: By failing to condemn the march, she was appeasing left wing elements in the party. 2. ) to say or do something in order to make someone feel less angry: PLACATE ╾… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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