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From Old French apeler, from Latin appellō.



appeal (third-person singular simple present appeals, present participle appealing, simple past and past participle appealed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To accuse (someone of something).
  2. (transitive, law, chiefly US, informal elsewhere) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of reexamination or for decision.
    • December 28, 2016, Calla Wahlquist writing in The Guardian, Supreme court upholds ruling that children are being held at adult prison unlawfully
      The supreme court of Victoria has upheld a decision the transfer of juvenile detainees to an adult maximum security prison, where some of them spent Christmas Day, was unlawful. The Andrews government had appealed the original decision, which was handed down last week.
    • For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.
  3. (intransitive) To call upon another to decide a question controverted, to corroborate a statement, to vindicate one's rights, etc.
  4. (intransitive) To call on (someone) for aid
    I appeal to all of you to help the orphans.
  5. (intransitive) To be attractive.
    That idea appeals to me.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; for, even after she had conquered her love for the Celebrity, the mortification of having been jilted by him remained.
  6. (intransitive, cricket) To ask an umpire for a decision on whether a batsman is out or not, usually by saying "How's that" or "Howzat".
  7. To summon; to challenge.
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
      Man to man will I appeal the Norman to the lists.
  8. To invoke.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
    • 1692, John Milton, A Defence of the People of England, in Answer to Salmasius's Defence of the King, tr. of Defensio pro Populo Anglicano, Ch. II.
      And we are as willing to appeal to the scripture as you.

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appeal (plural appeals)

  1. (law)
    1. An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for re-examination or review.
    2. The mode of proceeding by which such removal is effected.
    3. The right of appeal.
    4. An accusation; a process which formerly might be instituted by one private person against another for some heinous crime demanding punishment for the particular injury suffered, rather than for the offense against the public.
    5. An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices, which accomplice was then called an approver.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tomlins to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
  2. A summons to answer to a charge.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Dryden to this entry?)
  3. A call to a person or an authority for help, proof or a decision; entreaty.
    He made an appeal for volunteers to help at the festival.
    • Francis Bacon
      a kind of appeal to the Deity, the author of wonders
    1. (cricket) The act, by the fielding side, of asking an umpire for a decision on whether a batsman is out or not.
  4. Resort to physical means; recourse.
  5. The power to attract or interest.

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Borrowed from English appeal.



  1. appeal (power to attract or interest)
  2. sex appeal