appeasement [ə pēz′mənt]
1. an appeasing or being appeased
2. the policy of giving in to the demands of a hostile or aggressive power in an attempt to keep the peace

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ap·pease·ment (ə-pēzʹmənt) n.
a. An act of appeasing.
b. The condition of being appeased.
2. The policy of granting concessions to potential enemies to maintain peace.

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n [U] (usu disapprov)
doing what somebody else wants you to do in order to keep them from attacking you. The word is used to describe the British government’s policy of trying to remain on friendly terms with Hitler and Mussolini, despite their aggressive actions, before World War II.

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Foreign policy of pacifying an aggrieved nation through negotiation in order to prevent war.

The prime example is Britain's policy toward Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Neville Chamberlain sought to accommodate Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 and took no action when Germany absorbed Austria in 1938. When Adolf Hitler prepared to annex ethnically German portions of Czechoslovakia, Chamberlain negotiated the notorious Munich Agreement.

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