Pacify definition

păsə-fī
To make peaceful or calm; appease; tranquilize.
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To cause (a group) to end a rebellion or other violent action.
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To ease the anger or agitation of (a person or the mind, for example).
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To end war, fighting, or violence in (a region or country), especially by military force.
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To calm or soothe (a feeling, such as anger).
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To subdue or quell (an insurrection or conflict, for example).
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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.

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To establish or secure peace in (a nation, etc.)
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To seek to neutralize or win over (people in occupied areas)
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To bring peace to (a place or situation), by ending war, fighting, violence, anger or agitation.
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To appease (someone).
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Origin of pacify

  • Middle English pacifien from Old French pacifier from Latin pācificāre pāx pāc- peace pag- in Indo-European roots -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin pāx (“peace") + verb faciō (“I do, make").

    From Wiktionary