- to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.
Origin of placate1
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Examples from the Web for placated
But consuming anger is not placated by justification, not toward the stranger and not toward the self.Shavuot and Self-Immolation
May 14, 2013
And it hardly seems that the ones who have not been placated by now are going to change their minds about the guy over this.Obama's Baffling Gay Snub
October 15, 2010
These questions will not be easily dodged; nor will the faithful be placated by casuistry or platitudes.Leave the Pope Alone
April 4, 2010
But the gay community is unlikely to be placated by either the speech or the venue.Can Obama Make Peace With Gays
October 9, 2009
But in the special constabulary your sergeant is a man to be placated.
There are ways given to women whereby men of his type can be placated.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
Revenue officers have perhaps been placated in the same way.Highways & Byways in Sussex
Nevertheless, at the present moment Clarence was to be placated.Susy, A Story of the Plains
If she should tell him everything, and he should refuse to be placated—what could she do then?A Black Adonis
Linn Boyd Porter
- (tr) to pacify or appease
Word Origin and History for placated
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.