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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. Unabridged
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  • placated, he informed her that he was on the Stock Exchange.

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • She hardly knew how to answer this, and yet her wrath was not placated.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Grant hurried away, and placated Mrs. Bates after a stormy interlude.

  • But he was mistaken if he supposed that he had placated Cecilia.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • China evidently was placated by Lamont with full explanations of what the consortium intended.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • There are ways given to women whereby men of his type can be placated.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for placated


(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 placated



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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