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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
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  • To pacify Bolax for the loss of his treasure Aunt Lucy told him about a stag-beetle her uncle had as a pet.

    Bolax Josephine Culpeper
  • “He will follow you presently,” said the first-lieutenant, hoping to pacify her.

  • Somehow or other—he admits he never quite knew how he accomplished it—he managed to keep him in the tent and pacify him.

    The Wendigo Algernon Blackwood
  • I ought to have stayed in the tent, and endeavoured to pacify the officers of the army.'

  • The maids endeavoured to pacify her, and to shew her the danger of leaving her husband.

    Phallic Miscellanies Hargrave Jennings
British Dictionary definitions for pacify


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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