[pley-keyt, plak-eyt]

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

Synonyms for placate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for placated

Contemporary Examples of placated

  • But consuming anger is not placated by justification, not toward the stranger and not toward the self.

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    Shavuot and Self-Immolation

    Shaul Magid

    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.

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    Obama's Baffling Gay Snub

    Eric Alterman

    October 15, 2010

  • These questions will not be easily dodged; nor will the faithful be placated by casuistry or platitudes.

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    Leave the Pope Alone

    Tunku Varadarajan

    April 4, 2010

  • But the gay community is unlikely to be placated by either the speech or the venue.

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    Can Obama Make Peace With Gays

    Gabriel Arana

    October 9, 2009

Historical Examples of placated

British Dictionary definitions for placated



(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 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.

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