appeal

{{11}}appeal (n.) c.1300, in the legal sense, from O.Fr. apel (Mod.Fr. appel), back formation from apeler (see APPEAL (Cf. appeal) (v.)). Meaning "call to an authority" is from 1620s; that of "attractive power" attested by 1916.
{{12}}appeal (v.) early 14c., originally in legal sense of "to call" to a higher judge or court, from Anglo-Fr. apeler "to call upon, accuse," O.Fr. apeler "make an appeal" (11c., Mod.Fr. appeler), from L. appellare "to accost, address, appeal to, summon, name," iterative of appellere "to prepare," from ad- "to" (see AD- (Cf. ad-)) + pellere "to beat, drive" (see PULSE (Cf. pulse) (n.1)). Related: Appealed; appealing.
Probably a Roman metaphoric extension of a nautical term for "driving a ship toward a particular landing." Popular modern meaning "to be attractive or pleasing" is quite recent, attested from 1907 (appealing in this sense is from 1891), from the notion of "to address oneself in expectation of a sympathetic response."

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  • appeal — ap·peal 1 /ə pēl/ n [Old French apel, from apeler to call, accuse, appeal, from Latin appellare]: a proceeding in which a case is brought before a higher court for review of a lower court s judgment for the purpose of convincing the higher court… …   Law dictionary

  • Appeal — Ap*peal , n. [OE. appel, apel, OF. apel, F. appel, fr. appeler. See {Appeal}, v. t.] 1. (Law) (a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for re[ e]xamination or review. (b) The mode of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appeal — [ə pēl′] vt. [ME apelen < OFr apeler < L appellare, to accost, apply to, appeal; iterative < appellere, to prepare < ad , to + pellere: see FELT1] 1. to make a request to a higher court for the rehearing or review of (a case) 2. Obs.… …   English World dictionary

  • Appeal — Ap*peal , v. t. 1. (Law) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of re[ e]xamination of for decision. Tomlins. [1913 Webster] I appeal unto C[ae]sar. Acts xxv. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Appeal — Ap*peal , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appealing}.] [OE. appelen, apelen, to appeal, accuse, OF. appeler, fr. L. appellare to approach, address, invoke, summon, call, name; akin to appellere to drive to; ad + pellere to drive …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appeal — [n1] request for help address, adjuration, application, bid, call, claim, demand, entreaty, imploration, importunity, invocation, overture, petition, plea, prayer, proposal, proposition, question, recourse, requisition, solicitation, submission,… …   New thesaurus

  • appeal — The transitive use as a legal term is AmE (e.g. • The US government plans to appeal the cotton ruling, and it could be years before any penalties kick in Reason Magazine, 2004). The equivalent in BrE is appeal against • (Mr Marshall s legal… …   Modern English usage

  • Appeal — request by the provider of the object of conformity assessment to the conformity assessment body or accreditation body for reconsideration by that body of a decision it has made relating to that object (p. 6.4 ISO/IEC 17000:2004). Источник …   Словарь-справочник терминов нормативно-технической документации

  • appeal — A request to the U.S. District Court (or the bankruptcy appellate panel if there is one in the circuit) to review a decision of the bankruptcy court. A request to the Circuit Court of Appeals to review a decision of the U.S. District Court (or… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • appeal — /ə pi:l/, it. /a p:il/ s. ingl. (propr. appello, attrazione ), usato in ital. al masch. [capacità di attirare] ▶◀ attrazione, fascino, richiamo, [in senso erotico] sex appeal …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • appeal — /apˈpil, ingl. əˈpiːl/ [lett. «richiamo»] s. m. inv. fascino, richiamo, attrazione □ sex appeal …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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