- 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
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Examples from the Web for pacify
His keepers fed the beast copious amounts of port, Champagne, and whiskey to pacify the persnickety pachyderm.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence
December 31, 2014
Nevertheless, Iran can only go so far to pacify Iraq with its own forces.Iran Is the Biggest Loser in Iraq
June 15, 2014
Consequently, it might be necessary in some situations to pacify or motivate them with a lie.Why Jimmy Kimmel’s Lies Matter
November 19, 2013
Yet would we nod approvingly if President Bush blamed the failure of U.S. efforts to pacify post-invasion Iraq on Saddam Hussein?Who Needs an Oil Spill Czar?
May 29, 2010
To pacify the ulema, always wary of any rival forum, this initial gathering consisted entirely of men who were clerics.The Saudi Kingdom's 9/11
October 17, 2009
But, how, on this revocation of my appointment, shall I be able to pacify him?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
I attempted to pacify her by an indefinite reply to her inquiries, but in vain.Theresa Marchmont
Mrs Charles Gore
I wiped his eyes with his frock, told him he was all right and called Sancho to pacify him.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
These he dumped out and, to pacify the man, handed the paper to him with his own pencil.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
So Arnold hastened to try and pacify the anger that he had inadvertently roused.The Fiery Totem
- to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
- to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
Word Origin and History for pacify
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.