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appease

ap·pease

appease

 
 
pronunciation:
piz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: appeased, appeases, appeasing
definition 1: to cause to become calmer or less agitated, esp. by satisfying demands or making concessions; placate.
The prime minister hoped to appease the dictator and prevent a full-scale war.She appeased the howling child with the promise of a new toy.
synonyms:
allay, mollify, pacify, placate, quell
antonyms:
aggravate, exasperate, provoke
similar words:
assuage, calm, comfort, ease, gentle, hush, lull, palliate, propitiate, quiet, satisfy, silence, soothe, tranquilize
definition 2: to cause to subside; satisfy.
He appeased his thirst with a glass of beer.
synonyms:
assuage, quench, satisfy, slake
antonyms:
aggravate, exasperate, inflame
similar words:
ease, fulfill, gratify, quiet, relieve, soothe
derivations: appeasable (adj.), appeasingly (adv.), appeaser (n.)
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The word appease contains the following part:
ap- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ap- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "p." See ad-.