appeasement

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n appeasement the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Aztecs believed that the sun died every night and needed human blood to give it strength to rise the next day. So they sacrificed 15,000 men a year to appease their sun god, Huitzilopochtli. Most of the victims were prisoners taken in wars, which were sometimes started solely to round up sacrificial victims.
    • n Appeasement The act of appeasing, or the state of being appeased; pacification.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n appeasement The act of appeasing, or the state of being appeased, or in peace; pacification.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Appeasement the action of appeasing: the state of being appeased
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Quotations

  • Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret%20Thatcher
    “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. apese-r, to bring to peace—L. pac-em, peace.

Usage

In literature:

And this is Mr. Clay's peace-offering, to appease the lust of power and the ravenings of state encroachment!
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
And this is Mr. Clay's peace-offering, to appease the lust of power and the ravenings of state encroachment!
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
My curiosity hath not been appeased by the narration.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Most probably, the report is only spread with the humane hope of appeasing the mob.
"A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Complete" by An English Lady
When appeased by hymns, they do not frustrate the sacrificial rites.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
For Thomas Batchgrew had to be appeased.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
So when his pocketbook is eased Most righteous justice is appeased.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
At seven o'clock, however, if there had been any real anxiety to rouse his temper, it was appeased.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
It was the moment for contrition, for appeasement, for whatever explanation his American ways might have.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
And Euryalus shall crave pardon of him for his ill-chosen words, and appease him with a gift.
"Stories from the Odyssey" by H. L. Havell
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In poetry:

Lord how couldst thou so much appease
Thy wrath for sinne, as when mans sight was dimme,
And could see little, to regard his ease,
And bring by Faith all things to him?
"Faith" by George Herbert
Thou my scarlet concubine
Draining heart’s blood to the lees
To empurple those divine
Lips with living luxuries
Life importunate to appease
Drought insatiable of wine!
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
Let thine own blood assuage the vengeful ire
Of thy too-justly irritated Sire —
Let thine own blood his furious wrath appease,
That all the sorrows of my soul may cease!
"An Earnest Prayer For Pardon Of Sins" by Rees Prichard
He us freely bail'd, and our covenants seal'd,
He only, his Sire cou'd appease,
From woe he us brought, and our freedom he bought,
He health gave, which never shall cease.
"An Exhortation To Worship Our Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Then poison did the shepherd seize,
He thought his bed it would him ease,
But being such a sore disease,
No comfort gave;
This poison never did appease,
Till in the grave.
"The Death Of Thomas Stoddart" by Susannah Hawkins
God is: and man in guilt and fear
The central fact of Nature owns;
Kneels, trembling, by his altar-stones,
And darkly dreams the ghastly smear
Of blood appeases and atones.
"The Over-Heart" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Those still angry over Daniels' plea for a truce may not be appeased .
NBC Will Regret Appeasing Leno.
After yesterday's magnificent performance in front of the Knesset assailing "the false comfort of appeasement," President Bush is in Saudi Arabia today to appease an Arab autocrat .
The economy sucked, the American government plunged headlong into socialism and terrorist appeasement, and reactionary, agenda-driven talking heads dominated the airwaves and incited hysteria.
Mr Food has a recipe that'll appease your sweet tooth.
Following an extended DDoS attack, Demonoid's servers have been seized by the Ukranian government, a move, some say, to appease the US.
Obama appeasement may rekindle genocide.
Disconnected or an appeaser.
The Sadness Gods are appeased.
Let's just say appetites were whetted and then appeased.
Making a profit and appeasing Beijing censors.
In an effort to appease disgruntled consumers, the GAP has pulled a controversial shirt off of its shelves and website.
Misplaced Blame for the Embassy Attacks Are we really ready to throw out the First Amendment to appease lynch mobs.
France's shameful effort to appease the Nazis is told mostly from the perspective of a young Jewish boy (Hugo Leverdez) named Jo, who is based on the accounts of a real-life survivor.
Facebook is doling out millions of dollars to appease neighboring cities' concerns about increased traffic with the expansion of its Menlo Park campus.
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In science:

But in most cases it is possible to bring up reasonable arguments which may appease our concerns.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
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