appeasement

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From Middle English appesement, from Old French apaisement.

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appeasement (countable and uncountable, plural appeasements)

  1. The state of being appeased; the policy of giving in to demands in order to preserve the peace.
    • 1941, Roosevelt, Franklin, White House Correspondents' Dinner:
      This decision is the end of any attempts at appeasement in our land; the end of urging us to get along with the dictators, the end of compromise with tyranny and the forces of oppression.
    • 1960 October 7, Edward P. Morgan, Presidential Candidates Debate[1], 50:55 from the start:
      Senator, Saturday on television, you said that you had always thought that Quemoy and Matsu were unwise places to draw our defense line in the Far East. Would you comment further on that, and also address to this question: couldn't a pull-back from those islands be interpreted as appeasement?

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