Placate Definition

plākāt, plăkāt
placated, placates, placating
placated, placates, placating
To stop from being angry; appease; pacify; mollify.
Webster's New World

To calm; to bring peace to; to influence someone who was furious to the point that he or she becomes content or at least no longer irate.


Origin of Placate

  • From Latin plācātus, past participle of plācō (“appease, placate", literally “smooth, smoothen"), from Proto-Indo-European *plāk- (“smooth, flat"), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (“broad, flat, plain"). Related to Latin placeō (“appease"), Old English flōh (“flat stone, chip"). More at please.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin plācāre plācāt- to calm plāk-1 in Indo-European roots

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

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