- 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.
- 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: Middle English pacifien from Old French pacefier from Classical Latin pacificare from pax (gen. pacis), peace plush facere, to make, do
- pacifiable adjective
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transitive verb pac·i·fied, pac·i·fy·ing, pac·i·fies
- To ease the anger or agitation of.
- To end war, fighting, or violence in; establish peace in.
Origin: Middle English pacifien, from Old French pacifier, from Latin pācificāre : pāx, pāc-, peace; see pag- in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.
- pacˌi·fiˈa·ble adjective