[ puh-sif-i-keyt ]
/ pəˈsɪf ɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), pa·cif·i·cat·ed, pa·cif·i·cat·ing.

to pacify.

Nearby words

  1. pacific standard time,
  2. pacific time,
  3. pacific tree frog,
  4. pacifica,
  5. pacifically,
  6. pacification,
  7. pacificatory,
  8. pacificism,
  9. pacifico,
  10. pacifier

Origin of pacificate

First recorded in 1640–50, pacificate is from the Latin word pācificātus (past participle of pācificāre to make peace). See pacify, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for pacification


/ (ˌpæsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the act, process, or policy of pacifying
Derived Formspacificatory, adjective

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Word Origin and History for pacification



"a setting at peace," early 15c., from Middle French pacification "act of making peaceful" (15c.), from Latin pacificationem (nominative pacificatio) "a peace-making," noun of action from past participle stem of pacificare "to pacify" (see pacify).

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