Appease means to make or preserve peace with a nation, group, or person by giving in to their demands, or to relieve a problem, as in "the cold drink appeased his thirst."

Appease often implies abandoning your moral principles to satisfy the demands of someone who is greedy for power: think of British Prime Minister Chamberlain's attempt to appease the Nazis at Munich. The verb appease comes from the Old French apaisier, "to pacify, make peace, or be reconciled," from the phrase "a paisier," which combines a-, or "to," and pais, "peace," from the Latin pax.

Definitions of appease

v make peace with

Type of:
conciliate, make up, patch up, reconcile, settle
come to terms

v cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

v overcome or allay

quell, stay
Type of:
fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
fill or meet a want or need

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