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placate2

[plak-eyt, -it]
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noun Armor.
  1. a piece of plate armor of the 15th to the 18th century protecting the lower part of the torso in front: used especially as a reinforcement over a breastplate.
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Also placard, plac·cate, plackart.

Origin of placate2

First recorded in 1625–35; apparently variant of placard
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Historical Examples

  • The centre one, which is damascened, has in front of it an extra gorget, and a placcate to strengthen the breast.

    Authorised Guide to the Tower of London

    W. J. Loftie


British Dictionary definitions for placcate

placate

verb
  1. (tr) to pacify or appease
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Derived Formsplacation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable
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Word Origin and History for placcate

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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