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[puh-sif-i-keyt] /pəˈsɪf ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), pacificated, pacificating.
to pacify.
1640-50; < Latin pācificātus (past participle of pācificāre to make peace). See pacify, -ate1
Related forms
pacification, noun
pacificator, noun
[puh-sif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pəˈsɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonpacification, noun
nonpacificatory, adjective Unabridged
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  • We promptly sent thither a small army of pacification.
  • Violence persists, however, and renewed confidence among private investors is at risk if pacification fades.
  • The history of what is euphemistically called nonlethal pacification stretches back more than a century.
  • Use of the word conquest was banned in favor of pacification.
  • Instant guest pacification is the responsibility of each employee.
  • Despite the occupation and pacification of those favelas, it was still difficult for teachers to teach and students to learn.
  • One segment deals with pacification programs, but the topic also surfaces in other articles.
British Dictionary definitions for pacification


the act, process, or policy of pacifying
Derived Forms
pacificatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pacification

"a setting at peace," early 15c., from Middle French pacification "act of making peaceful" (15c.), from Latin pacificationem (nominative pacificatio) "a peace-making," noun of action from past participle stem of pacificare "to pacify" (see pacify).

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