pacify
transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English pacifien, from Anglo-French pacifier, from Latin pacificare, from pac-, pax peace Date: 15th century 1. a. to allay the anger or agitation of ; soothe <
pacify a crying child
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b. appease, propitiate 2. a. to restore to a tranquil state ; settle <
made an attempt to pacify the commotion
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b. to reduce to a submissive state ; subdue <
forces moved in to pacify the country
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pacifiable adjective Synonyms: pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate mean to ease the anger or disturbance of. pacify suggests a soothing or calming <
pacified by a sincere apology
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. appease implies quieting insistent demands by making concessions <
appease their territorial ambitions
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. placate suggests changing resentment or bitterness to goodwill <
a move to placate local opposition
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. mollify implies soothing hurt feelings or rising anger <
a speech that mollified the demonstrators
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. propitiate implies averting anger or malevolence especially of a superior being <
propitiated his parents by dressing up
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. conciliate suggests ending an estrangement by persuasion, concession, or settling of differences <
conciliating the belligerent nations
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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