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[pas-uh-fahy] /ˈpæs əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), pacified, pacifying.
to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm:
to pacify an angry man.
to appease:
to pacify one's appetite.
to reduce to a state of submission, especially by military force; subdue.
Origin of pacify
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin pācificāre to make peace. See pacific, -fy
Related forms
pacifiable, adjective
pacifyingly, adverb
nonpacifiable, adjective
repacify, verb (used with object), repacified, repacifying.
unpacifiable, adjective
unpacified, adjective
2. soothe, mollify, assuage.
2. anger, enrage. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • On another day, after this dog had been infuriated by a cat, and then pacified, the sham feeding was given again.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • The outcries of the owners were pacified by the promise of 10 per cent.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • She soon put mutters into a better train, both in kitchen and parlour, so that the pacified lodgers consented to remain.

    Emilie the Peacemaker Mrs. Thomas Geldart
  • However, the sight of the roses, overlapping the water-jug, pacified him; they smelt so sweet.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • She became hysterical, and for two days could not be pacified.

    John Marsh's Millions Charles Klein
  • Only when Csar had been pacified was there silence to speak of Kate.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • And under Ronquillo was pacified for the first time the great valley of the Cagayan.

    A History of the Philippines David P. Barrows
  • It is of the first importance that the people should be pacified.

  • Then in the winter of 1173-4 he turned upon his son Richard's partisans in Poitou, and, after much fighting, pacified the land.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • It pacified me, in fact, so much that I did not raise an alarm.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for pacified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
Derived Forms
pacifiable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pacifier; see pacific
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Word Origin and History for pacified



late 15c., "appease, allay the anger of (someone)," from Middle French pacifier "make peace," from Latin pacificare "to make peace; pacify," from pacificus (see pacific). Of countries or regions, "to bring to a condition of calm," c.1500, from the start with suggestions of submission and terrorization. Related: Pacified; pacifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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