Definitions for appeasement
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the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)
The state of being appeased; the policy of giving in to demands in order to preserve the peace.
Origin: From apaisement
the act of appeasing, or the state of being appeased; pacification
Appeasement in a political context, is a diplomatic policy of making political or material concessions to a dictatorial power in order to avoid a threatened conflict. Appeasement was used by European democracies in the 1930s who wished to avoid war with the dictatorships of Germany and Italy, bearing in mind the horrors of World War I. The term is most often applied to the foreign policy of the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain towards Nazi Germany between 1937 and 1939. His policies of avoiding war with Germany have been the subject of intense debate for seventy years among academics, politicians and diplomats. The historians' assessments have ranged from condemnation for allowing Adolf Hitler's Germany to grow too strong, to the judgement that he had no alternative and acted in Britain's best interests. At the time, these concessions were widely seen as positive, and the Munich Pact concluded on 30 September 1938 among Germany, Britain, France and Italy prompted Chamberlain to announce that he had secured "peace for our time". Since Chamberlain's essentially unsuccessful negotiations with Hitler in 1938, the word "appeasement" has often been used as a synonym for weakness and even cowardice, and the term is still frequently used in reference to these negotiations, as a denouncement of any treaties or international agreements which might appear as a form of "submission" to a threat of aggression, rather than as a "reciprocation" which would instead clearly demonstrate some form of noncooperation with most, if not all of the demands of the would-be aggressor.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Any appeasement of tyranny is treason to this republic and to the democratic ideal.
Once again, appeasement encourages the aggressor to greater acts of violence. Time to step up our policy based on cold facts, not illusions.
If you let a bully come in your front yard, he'll be on your porch the next day and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed. (On appeasement)
Her job is to adjudicate these issues without consideration for what’s going to happen outside. It looks like appeasement of the mob. We will only know when the evidence eventually comes out.
One difference between French appeasement and American appeasement is that France pays ransom in cash and gets its hostages back while the United States pays ransom in arms and gets additional hostages taken.
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- apaciguamiento, aplacamientoSpanish
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