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[pley-keyt, plak-eyt] /ˈpleɪ keɪt, ˈplæk eɪt/
verb (used with object), placated, placating.
to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures:
to placate an outraged citizenry.
Origin of placate1
1670-80; < Latin plācātus past participle of plācāre to quiet, calm, appease, akin to placēre to please; see -ate1
Related forms
placater, noun
[pley-key-shuh n] /pleɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
unplacated, adjective
conciliate, satisfy.


[plak-eyt, -it] /ˈplæk eɪt, -ɪt/
noun, Armor.
a piece of plate armor of the 15th to the 18th century protecting the lower part of the torso in front: used especially as a reinforcement over a breastplate.
Also, placard, placcate, plackart.
First recorded in 1625-35; apparently variant of placard Unabridged
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  • In her efforts to placate him she had touched upon his sorest spot.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • The offer of a peerage to Conroy showed that there was good reason to placate him.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • He began by what he called a course of conciliation—to placate the devil, as it were.

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • Well would the King, to save his soul, placate and cosset his wife.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

    Ford Madox Ford
  • They were compromised with Stone and they could not placate Bobby.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
British Dictionary definitions for placate


(transitive) to pacify or appease
Derived Forms
placation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable
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Word Origin and History for placate

1670s, a back-formation from placation or else from Latin placatus "soothed, quiet, gentle, calm, peaceful," past participle of placare "to calm, appease, quiet, soothe, assuage," related to placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly.

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