Appeasement is the act of calming something down. A candy bar might give your hunger temporary appeasement, but eventually you'll need a real meal.

The noun appeasement comes from the verb appease, which itself comes from the French words a ("to") and pais ("peace"). We wouldn't use appeasement to talk about deep inner calm, but rather satisfying demands, or bringing a turbulent situation back to calm, and in a way that often meets with disapproval. The ransom of $50,000, for instance, is an appeasement for the kidnappers.

Definitions of appeasement

n the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)

mollification, pacification
the act of appeasing someone or causing someone to be more favorably inclined
conciliation, placation, propitiation
the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity
Type of:
social control
control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

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