to appease hunger

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Butterfly_VM, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. Butterfly_VM

    Butterfly_VM Senior Member

    Ukraine, Kharkov
    Russian & Ukrainian
    Dear native speakers, does the phrase 'to appease hunger' sound natural to you?

    Example sentence: Snack not only appeases hunger, but also enriches the body with various substances: minerals, vitamins and amino acids

    Thank you!
     
  2. sandpiperlily

    sandpiperlily Senior Member

    It sounds a bit odd or unnecessarily poetic to me, although I understand the meaning.

    Normally we would say "eases hunger" or "sates hunger" or "reduces hunger" or "satisfies hunger."
     
  3. boozer Senior Member

    Bulgaria
    Bulgarian
    Orm satiates it...
     
  4. Butterfly_VM

    Butterfly_VM Senior Member

    Ukraine, Kharkov
    Russian & Ukrainian
    thanks a lot, Sandpiperlily! Your input is very helpful! I needed not poetic but usual meaning
     
  5. sandpiperlily

    sandpiperlily Senior Member

    Agree, satiate is a good option as well, although a bit formal.
     
  6. Pauline Meryle

    Pauline Meryle Senior Member

    Central France
    English UK
    "Satiate" and "satisfy" are both quite formal, and both also suggest that the hunger has been beaten (for the time being, at least).

    To my ear, "appease" is a useful distinction, a step along the way. A snack could appease (or "calm" or "blunt") your hunger without spoiling your dinner.
     
  7. Butterfly_VM

    Butterfly_VM Senior Member

    Ukraine, Kharkov
    Russian & Ukrainian
    Thank you all! :)
     

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