- To pacify is defined as to soothe or calm, or to create peace where there was war or fighting.
- An example of to pacify is to give a crying baby a bottle.
- An example of to pacify is tosign a treaty to end a war.
transitive verbpacified, pacifying
- to make peaceful or calm; appease; tranquilize
- to establish or secure peace in (a nation, etc.)
- ☆ to seek to neutralize or win over (people in occupied areas)
Origin of pacifyMiddle English pacifien ; from Old French pacefier ; from Classical Latin pacificare ; from pax (gen. pacis), peace + facere, to make, do
transitive verbpac·i·fied, pac·i·fy·ing, pac·i·fies
- a. To ease the anger or agitation of (a person or the mind, for example).b. To calm or soothe (a feeling, such as anger).
- a. To end war, fighting, or violence in (a region or country), especially by military force.b. To subdue or quell (an insurrection or conflict, for example).c. To cause (a group) to end a rebellion or other violent action.
Origin of pacifyMiddle English pacifien, from Old French pacifier, from Latin pācificāre : pāx, pāc-, peace; see pag- in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present pacifies, present participle pacifying, simple past and past participle pacified)