pacify

  • 1Pacify — Pac i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pacified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pacifying}.] [F. pacifier, L. pacificare; pax, pacis, peace + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Peace}, and { fy}.] To make to be at peace; to appease; to calm; to still; to quiet; to allay …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2pacify — pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate are comparable when they mean to quiet excited, aroused, or disturbed persons. Pacify implies a soothing or calming of anger, grievance, or agitation, or the quelling of insurrection… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3pacify — [pas′ə fī΄] vt. pacified, pacifying [ME pacifien < OFr pacefier < L pacificare < pax (gen. pacis), PEACE + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make peaceful or calm; appease; tranquilize 2. a) to establish or secure peace in (a …

    English World dictionary

  • 4pacify — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. pacifier, from O.Fr., make peace, from L. pacificare to make peace, pacify, from pacificus (see PACIFIC (Cf. pacific)). Related: Pacified; pacifying …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5pacify — I verb accommodate, alleviate, appease, assuage, becalm, bring to terms, calm, componere, conciliate, dulcify, ease, lenire, make peace, mediate, mellow, mollify, pacificate, placare, placate, please, propitiate, quell, quiet, reconcile, relieve …

    Law dictionary

  • 6pacify — [v] make peaceful; appease allay, ameliorate, assuage, bury the hatchet*, butter up*, calm, chasten, compose, con, conciliate, cool, dulcify, fix up, grease*, kiss and make up*, lay back, lull, make peace, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacificate …

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  • 7pacify — ► VERB (pacifies, pacified) 1) quell the anger or agitation of. 2) bring peace to (a country or warring factions). DERIVATIVES pacification noun. ORIGIN Latin pacificare, from pax peace …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8pacify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English pacifien, from Anglo French pacifier, from Latin pacificare, from pac , pax peace Date: 15th century 1. a. to allay the anger or agitation of ; soothe < pacify a crying child > b …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9pacify — verb go out there and try to pacify the passengers Syn: placate, appease, calm (down), conciliate, propitiate, assuage, mollify, soothe Ant: enrage •• pacify, appease, conciliate, mollify, placate, propitiate You might try to pacify a crying baby …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10pacify — [[t]pæ̱sɪfaɪ[/t]] pacifies, pacifying, pacified 1) VERB If you pacify someone who is angry, upset, or not pleased, you succeed in making them calm or pleased. [V n] Is this a serious step, or is this just something to pacify the critics?... [V n] …

    English dictionary

  • 11pacify — UK [ˈpæsɪfaɪ] / US [ˈpæsɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms pacify : present tense I/you/we/they pacify he/she/it pacifies present participle pacifying past tense pacified past participle pacified 1) to make someone who is angry, worried, or&#8230; …

    English dictionary

  • 12pacify — pacifiable, adj. pacifyingly, adv. /pas euh fuy /, v.t., 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&#8230; …

    Universalium

  • 13pacify — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To mollify] Syn. conciliate, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, assuage, soothe, smooth over, calm, tranquilize, subdue, pour oil on troubled waters; see also quiet 1 . 2. [To quiet] Syn. soothe, silence, lull; see quiet …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14pacify — pac|i|fy [ˈpæsıfaı] v past tense and past participle pacified present participle pacifying third person singular pacifies [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: pacificare, from pax; PEACE] 1.) to make someone calm, quiet, and satisfied after&#8230; …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15pacify — verb (T) 1 to make someone calm, quiet, and satisfied after they have been angry or upset: Gregory knew his wife would be furious and he was trying to think how to pacify her. 2 to bring peace to an area or to end war in a place: It was hoped the …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16pacify — /ˈpæsəfaɪ / (say pasuhfuy) verb (t) (pacified, pacifying) 1. to bring into a state of peace; quiet; calm: pacify an angry man. 2. to appease: pacify one s appetite. {late Middle English, from Latin pācificāre make peace} –pacifiable&#8230; …

    Australian-English dictionary