- to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.
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Related Words for placaternegotiator, mediator, diplomat, arbitrator, pacifist, conciliator, peacekeeper, appeaser, make-peace, pacifier, pacificator, placater
- (tr) to pacify or appease
Word Origin for placate
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.