appeasement

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
  1. noun
    the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)
    synonyms: calming
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    types:
    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
  2. noun
    a policy of pacifying an enemy or potential enemy by making concessions
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    policy
    a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
    foreign policy
    a policy governing international relations
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