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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pacified
Historical Examples
  • It was necessary that the Spaniards be pacified, and the slayer could not be found.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • When Joggi got thus far in his story, he began to cry and groan, and would not be pacified.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • However, the sight of the roses, overlapping the water-jug, pacified him; they smelt so sweet.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Thrasymachus is pacified, but the intrepid Glaucon insists on continuing the argument.

    The Republic Plato
  • Only when Csar had been pacified was there silence to speak of Kate.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Darnley was pacified by the assurance, and the lad withdrew.

  • It is of the first importance that the people should be pacified.

  • Spain was pacified, and only here and there did she struggle in the grasp of the Romans.

    A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele
  • It pacified me, in fact, so much that I did not raise an alarm.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Got him the infernal pots back of course—and pacified all hands.

    Lord Jim 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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