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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appeasement, calming(noun)

    the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)

Wiktionary

  1. appeasement(Noun)

    The state of being appeased; the policy of giving in to demands in order to preserve the peace.

  2. Origin: From apaisement

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appeasement(noun)

    the act of appeasing, or the state of being appeased; pacification

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  1. Appeasement

    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.


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