placate

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[ pley-keyt, plak-eyt ]
/ ˈpleɪ keɪt, ˈplæk eɪt /

verb (used with object), pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing.

to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.

Origin of placate

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1670–80; < Latin plācātus past participle of plācāre to quiet, calm, appease, akin to placēre to please; see -ate1
Related formspla·cat·er, nounpla·ca·tion [pley-key-shuhn] /pleɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounun·pla·cat·ed, adjective

Definition for placate (2 of 2)

placate

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[ plak-eyt, -it ]
/ ˈplæk eɪt, -ɪt /

noun Armor.

a piece of plate armor of the 15th to the 18th century protecting the lower part of the torso in front: used especially as a reinforcement over a breastplate.
Also placard, plac·cate, plackart.

Origin of placate

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First recorded in 1625–35; apparently variant of placard
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British Dictionary definitions for placate

placate

/ (pləˈkeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to pacify or appease
Derived Formsplacation, noun

Word Origin for placate

C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable
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Word Origin and History for placate

placate


v.

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.

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