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pacify

[ pas-uh-fahy ]
/ 藞p忙s 蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), pac路i路fied, pac路i路fy路ing.
to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquility; quiet; calm: to pacify an irate customer.
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

First recorded in 1425鈥75; late Middle English, from Old French pacef(i)ier, pacifier, from Latin p膩cific膩re 鈥渢o make peace鈥; see pacific, -fy

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British Dictionary definitions for pacify

pacify
/ (藞p忙s瑟藢fa瑟) /

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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