[ 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

1670–80; < Latin plācātus past participle of plācāre to quiet, calm, appease, akin to placēre to please; see -ate1

Related forms

pla·cat·er, nounpla·ca·tion [pley-key-shuhn] /pleɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounun·pla·cat·ed, adjective

Definition for placate (2 of 2)


[ 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

First recorded in 1625–35; apparently variant of placard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for placate


/ (pləˈkeɪt) /


(tr) to pacify or appease

Derived Forms

placation, noun

Word Origin for placate

C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable
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