Yet in trying to placate Beijing, the vice president was making a major miscalculation.
So, to placate his parents, he decides to marry Wei-Wei (May Chin), a penniless Chinese opera singer in his building.
Virtually everything Boehner says publicly is designed to placate the pyromaniacs.
1670s, a back-formation from placation or else from Latin placatus "soothed, quiet, gentle, calm, peaceful," past participle of placare "to calm, appease, quiet, soothe, assuage," related to placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly.