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.

Nearby words

  1. plaas,
  2. placable,
  3. placage,
  4. placard,
  5. placas,
  6. placation,
  7. placative,
  8. placatory,
  9. place,
  10. place card

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

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British Dictionary definitions for placater

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 placater

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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