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Monday, February 10, 2003

Definitions for placate

  1. To appease; to pacify, especially by making concessions.

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Citations for placate
The apologetic owner told us that the lunch was on the house, which barely placated my friend. George Lang, Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen
In order to placate the newsmen who were threatening to leave, her husband, John Biddulph Martin, the wealthy head of a family-owned bank in London, ordered the waiters to serve whiskey and ham sandwiches. Barbara Goldsmith, Other Powers
Origin of placate
1670-1680
Placate derives from the past participle of Latin placare, "to calm, to placate."