- 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
Synonyms for pacify
Antonyms for pacify
Related Words for pacifiedmitigate, placate, assuage, repress, soothe, quell, ameliorate, mollify, allay, tame, square, subdue, dulcify, soften, stroke, grease, lull, still, propitiate, compose
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Historical Examples of pacified
It was necessary that the Spaniards be pacified, and the slayer could not be found.The Trail Book
When Joggi got thus far in his story, he began to cry and groan, and would not be pacified.Rico and Wiseli
However, the sight of the roses, overlapping the water-jug, pacified him; they smelt so sweet.His Masterpiece
Thrasymachus is pacified, but the intrepid Glaucon insists on continuing the argument.The Republic
Only when Csar had been pacified was there silence to speak of Kate.The Manxman
- to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
- to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
Word Origin for pacify
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.