pacify

[pas-uh-fahy]
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:
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin pācificāre to make peace. See pacific, -fy

pacifiable, adjective
pacifyingly, adverb
nonpacifiable, adjective
repacify, verb (used with object), repacified, repacifying.
unpacifiable, adjective
unpacified, adjective


2. soothe, mollify, assuage.


2. anger, enrage.
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pacify (ˈpæsɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -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
 
[C15: from Old French pacifier; see pacific]
 
'pacifiable
 
adj

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pacify
mid-15c., from M.Fr. pacifier, from O.Fr., "make peace," from L. pacificare "to make peace, pacify," from pacificus (see pacific).
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Example sentences
For now everybody is trying to pacify the storm-gods, not antagonise them.
But we all know this will only pacify them for a short while.
Each member of a family tries to pacify a screaming baby.
Jaron writes beautiful music to pacify his angst.
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