- to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.
Origin of placate1
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- 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.
Origin of placate2
Examples from the Web for placate
Given the somewhat macabre origins of the feast, many of the celebrations were designed to placate the gods.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
He, too, refused to work with the Kudo-kai or placate them and he, too, was shot to death just last December.The Case of the Yakking Yakuza
September 16, 2014
Will putting Castro in the Cabinet be enough to placate those Latinos disillusioned with Obama?With Julian Castro Taking Over at HUD, a New Political Dynasty Is in the Making
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
May 23, 2014
The police inside, clearly alarmed, did nothing while their senior officer leaned out of the window and tried to placate the mob.Are East Ukraine's Cops in Moscow's Pocket?
April 15, 2014
So, to placate his parents, he decides to marry Wei-Wei (May Chin), a penniless Chinese opera singer in his building.Most Overlooked Romance Films for Valentine’s Day Weekend: ‘True Romance,’ ‘His Girl Friday,’ More
February 15, 2014
In her efforts to placate him she had touched upon his sorest spot.The Harbor of Doubt
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
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
- (tr) to pacify or appease
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.