verb (used with object), pac·i·fied, pac·i·fy·ing.

to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm: to pacify an angry man.
to appease: to pacify one's appetite.
to reduce to a state of submission, especially by military force; subdue.

Origin of pacify

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin pācificāre to make peace. See pacific, -fy
Related formspac·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivepac·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·pac·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivere·pac·i·fy, verb (used with object), re·pac·i·fied, re·pac·i·fy·ing.un·pac·i·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·pac·i·fied, adjective

Synonyms for pacify

Antonyms for pacify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pacified

Historical Examples of pacified

  • It was necessary that the Spaniards be pacified, and the slayer could not be found.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • When Joggi got thus far in his story, he began to cry and groan, and would not be pacified.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • However, the sight of the roses, overlapping the water-jug, pacified him; they smelt so sweet.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Thrasymachus is pacified, but the intrepid Glaucon insists on continuing the argument.

  • Only when Csar had been pacified was there silence to speak of Kate.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for pacified


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
Derived Formspacifiable, adjective

Word Origin for pacify

C15: from Old French pacifier; see pacific
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Word Origin and History for pacified



late 15c., "appease, allay the anger of (someone)," from Middle French pacifier "make peace," from Latin pacificare "to make peace; pacify," from pacificus (see pacific). Of countries or regions, "to bring to a condition of calm," c.1500, from the start with suggestions of submission and terrorization. Related: Pacified; pacifying.

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