verb (used with object), pac·i·fied, pac·i·fy·ing.
Examples from the Web for pacify
His keepers fed the beast copious amounts of port, Champagne, and whiskey to pacify the persnickety pachyderm.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence|Bill Schulz|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nevertheless, Iran can only go so far to pacify Iraq with its own forces.
Consequently, it might be necessary in some situations to pacify or motivate them with a lie.
Yet would we nod approvingly if President Bush blamed the failure of U.S. efforts to pacify post-invasion Iraq on Saddam Hussein?
To pacify the ulema, always wary of any rival forum, this initial gathering consisted entirely of men who were clerics.
The Duke strove to pacify him in a long and, as usual, incoherent letter.Rupert Prince Palatine|Eva Scott
As well try to pacify a pack of mad and fighting dogs as these frenzied myriads with their half-crazed generals.The Man Who Rocked the Earth|Arthur Train
I attempted to pacify her by an indefinite reply to her inquiries, but in vain.Theresa Marchmont|Mrs Charles Gore
And why do you not apply yourselves to God chiefly for deliverance, but study how to pacify man?A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Then I would try to pacify her, usually succeeding, and take my departure, nobody the wiser about it all in spite of the crying.My Life|Josiah Flynt
British Dictionary definitions for pacify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Word Origin for pacify
Word Origin and History 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.