verb (used with object), pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing.
Origin of placate1
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Examples from the Web for placate
Given the somewhat macabre origins of the feast, many of the celebrations were designed to placate the gods.
He, too, refused to work with the Kudo-kai or placate them and he, too, was shot to death just last December.
Will putting Castro in the Cabinet be enough to placate those Latinos disillusioned with Obama?With Julian Castro Taking Over at HUD, a New Political Dynasty Is in the Making|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The police inside, clearly alarmed, did nothing while their senior officer leaned out of the window and tried to placate the mob.
So, to placate his parents, he decides to marry Wei-Wei (May Chin), a penniless Chinese opera singer in his building.Most Overlooked Romance Films for Valentine’s Day Weekend: ‘True Romance,’ ‘His Girl Friday,’ More|Marlow Stern|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even now the men might be on the way, but she had a more unselfish motive for wishing to placate Gertie.The Land of Promise|D. Torbett
He would like very much to placate him if he could, to talk out the hard facts of life in a quiet and friendly way.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
There was no power we were not prepared to placate, no ruffled plumage we did not hold ourselves competent to smooth.Sonia Between two Worlds|Stephen McKenna
To placate the deity that he may reward us in the future is, frankly, the object of all religious ceremonies.Morality Without God|M. M. Mangasarian
There is no other means which can placate the wrath of heaven.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55|Francisco Colin
Word Origin for placate
1670s, a back-formation from placation or else from Latin placatus "soothed, quiet, gentle, calm, peaceful," past participle of placare "to calm, appease, quiet, soothe, assuage," related to placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly.