appease

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From Middle English apesen, from Old French apeser (to pacify, bring to peace), from a (to) + pais, modification of French paix (peace); see peace.

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appease (third-person singular simple present appeases, present participle appeasing, simple past and past participle appeased)

  1. To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to dispel (anger or hatred).
    to appease the tumult of the ocean
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      `First, a little refreshment to reward my exertions. You may as well be quiet. It is not the first time, or the second, that your veins have appeased my thirst!'
  2. To come to terms with; to adapt to the demands of.
    They appeased the angry gods with burnt offerings.

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