Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring peace, quiet, or calm to; soothe.
  • transitive v. To satisfy or relieve: appease one's thirst.
  • transitive v. To pacify or attempt to pacify (an enemy) by granting concessions, often at the expense of principle. See Synonyms at pacify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to still; to pacify; to dispel (anger or hatred)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring to a state of peace; pacify; quiet by allaying anger, indignation, strife, etc.
  • To allay; calm, as an excited state of feeling; remove, as a passion or violent emotion.
  • To assuage or soothe, as bodily pain; satisfy, as an appetite or desire: as, to appease the smart of a wound, or one's hunger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
  • v. overcome or allay
  • v. make peace with

Etymologies

Middle English appesen, from Old French apesier : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + pais, peace (from Latin pāx; see pag- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English apesen, from Old French apeser ("to pacify, bring to peace"), from a ("to") + pais, modification of French paix ("peace"); see peace. (Wiktionary)

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