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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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  • His voice, when he spoke again, was not ironical, as it had been; it was placating.

    Rowdy of the Cross L B.M. Sinclair, AKA B.M. Bower
  • Far from placating the gloomy Jim, this seemed only to awake his suspicions.

  • Mrs. Bowen did not respond to the question of placating and punishing her protégée with sustained interest.

    Indian Summer William D. Howells
  • He succeeded in placating the wrath of the Marquis of Caylus.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Mrs. Fortescue had never in her life been at the end of her resources for placating men.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
  • And Madame Rosalie's tone, though courteous, had not been eager or placating.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • He failed to see the necessity of making friends of his competitors and of placating his critics as he progressed.

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
  • When she spoke her voice suggested a placating of this stranger who was her son.

    The Guarded Heights Wadsworth Camp
  • And Mollie, heartily ashamed of herself, succeeded in placating the Little Captain only after having apologized most abjectly.

British Dictionary definitions for placating


(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 placating



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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