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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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  • But now, upon the heels of his placating words, he abruptly shot.

  • Far from placating the gloomy Jim, this seemed only to awake his suspicions.

  • He succeeded in placating the wrath of the Marquis of Caylus.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • And Madame Rosalie's tone, though courteous, had not been eager or placating.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • It has nothing to do with placating or propitiating the Goddess.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • "You certainly are an artist, Henriette," I answered, desirous of placating her.

    Mrs. Raffles

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • When she spoke her voice suggested a placating of this stranger who was her son.

    The Guarded Heights Wadsworth Camp
  • 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
  • Send a well-guarded, placating embassy to him and to Cotubanama.

    1492 Mary Johnston
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.

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