Etymology
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appeal (v.)

early 14c., originally in legal sense of "to call" to a higher judge or court, from Anglo-French apeler "to call upon, accuse," Old French apeler "make an appeal" (11c., Modern French appeler), from Latin appellare "to accost, address, appeal to, summon, name," iterative of appellere "to prepare," from ad "to" (see ad-) + pellere "to beat, push, drive" (from PIE root *pel- (5) "to thrust, strike, drive").

Probably a Roman metaphoric extension of a nautical term for "driving a ship toward a particular landing." Popular modern meaning "be attractive or pleasing" is attested from 1907 (appealing in this sense is from 1891), extended from "address oneself in expectation of a sympathetic response" (1794). Related: Appealed.

appeal (n.)

c. 1300, "proceeding taken to reverse a decision by submitting it to the review of a higher authority," from Old French apel "call, appeal in court" (Modern French appel), back-formation from apeler "call upon" (see appeal (v.)). Meaning "call to an authority" is from 1620s; that of "attractive power" attested by 1904.

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Definitions of appeal
1
appeal (v.)
take a court case to a higher court for review;
He was found guilty but appealed immediately
appeal (v.)
request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection;
appeal to somebody for help
Synonyms: invoke
appeal (v.)
be attractive to;
The idea of a vacation appeals to me
Synonyms: attract
appeal (v.)
challenge (a decision);
She appealed the verdict
appeal (v.)
cite as an authority; resort to;
I appealed to the law of 1900
Synonyms: invoke
2
appeal (n.)
earnest or urgent request;
an appeal for help
an appeal to the public to keep calm
Synonyms: entreaty / prayer
appeal (n.)
attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates;
his smile was part of his appeal to her
Synonyms: appealingness / charm
appeal (n.)
(law) a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's judgment or the granting of a new trial;
their appeal was denied in the superior court
appeal (n.)
request for a sum of money;
an appeal to raise money for starving children
Synonyms: solicitation / collection / ingathering
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