placate 1 [ pley-keyt, plak-eyt] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing. to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry. Origin of placate 1 1670–80;
past participle of
to quiet, calm, appease, akin to
-ate 1 Related forms pla·cat·er, noun pla·ca·tion , [pley- key-sh uh n] /pleɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ noun un·pla·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for placater (tr) 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 placater placate v.
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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