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pacify

[ pas-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈpæs əˌfaɪ /
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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.
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Origin of pacify

1425–75; late Middle English <Latin pācificāre to make peace. See pacific, -fy

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British Dictionary definitions for pacify

pacify
/ (ˈpæsɪˌfaɪ) /

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 forms of pacify

pacifiable, adjective

Word Origin for pacify

C15: from Old French pacifier; see pacific
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