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pacify

[pas-uh-fahy] /ˈpæs əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), pacified, pacifying.
1.
to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm:
to pacify an angry man.
2.
to appease:
to pacify one's appetite.
3.
to reduce to a state of submission, especially by military force; subdue.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin pācificāre to make peace. See pacific, -fy
Related forms
pacifiable, adjective
pacifyingly, adverb
nonpacifiable, adjective
repacify, verb (used with object), repacified, repacifying.
unpacifiable, adjective
unpacified, adjective
Synonyms
2. soothe, mollify, assuage.
Antonyms
2. anger, enrage.
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British Dictionary definitions for pacifiable

pacify

/ˈpæsɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
2.
to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
Derived Forms
pacifiable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pacifier; see pacific
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Word Origin and History for pacifiable

pacify

v.

late 15c., "appease, allay the anger of (someone)," from Middle French pacifier "make peace," from Latin pacificare "to make peace; pacify," from pacificus (see pacific). Of countries or regions, "to bring to a condition of calm," c.1500, from the start with suggestions of submission and terrorization. Related: Pacified; pacifying.

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