- to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.
Origin of placate1
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Examples from the Web for placation
"I know what you mean, Lou," he said, with an affectionate attempt at placation.The Market-Place
This was no religious rite, no placation of the brutish jungle gods.Jerry of the Islands
There was such a twang of temper in his voice that Crofts heard at once, and made a quick effort at placation.What Will People Say?
In Smith's theory there is confusion between the two ideas of communion and expiation or placation.
There is not a word of proof of the view that the placation of the deity was due to his assimilation of kindred flesh and blood.
- (tr) to pacify or appease
Word Origin and History for placation
1580s, from French placation (16c.), from Latin placationem (nominative placatio) "an appeasing, pacifying, quieting," noun of action from past participle stem of placare (see 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.