Verb appease Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


appease (third-person singular simple present appeases, present participle appeasing, simple past and past participle appeased)

  1. To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to dispel (anger or hatred).
  2. To come to terms with; to adapt to the demands of.

More definition: bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe, to appease an angry king. satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuage, The fruit appeased his hunger. 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.

1. to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of

2. to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc) Derived Formsappeasable, adjectiveappeaser, noun Word OriginC16, from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin paxCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300 "to reconcile," from Anglo-French apeser, Old French apaisier "to pacify, make peace, appease, be reconciled, placate" (12c.), from the phrase a paisier "bring to peace," from a "to" (see ad-) + pais, from Latin pacem (nominative pax) "peace" (see peace). Related, Appeased; appeasing.


"Look, we did all we could do," I said trying to appease her as we shopped for new drapes.

Would that appease you, Gabriel?

He just wore them to appease her.

He tried to appease the Norfolk detective by saying no permanent harm had been done and even Mrs. Byrne seemed to have made it through the ordeal.

We eat only to appease our hunger, we drink only so much as it is good for temperate persons to do.

In order to appease the wrath of Apollo, who had visited the camp with a pestilence, Agamemnon had restored Chryseis, his prize of war, to her father, a priest of the god, but as a compensation deprived Achilles, who had openly demanded this restoration, of his favourite slave Briseis.

Hence offerings, &c., were made to appease their anger.

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