- to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.
Origin of placate1
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Related Words for placatingsatisfy, appease, reconcile, assuage, soothe, pacify, mollify, humor, conciliate, sweeten, comfort, stroke, cheer, calm, soft-pedal, tranquilize, propitiate
Examples from the Web for placating
Contemporary Examples of placating
Beijing has gone from placating them, to ignoring them, to telling them that democracy is not for them.Hackers Attack Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Websites
June 18, 2014
Historical Examples of placating
But now, upon the heels of his placating words, he abruptly shot.
Far from placating the gloomy Jim, this seemed only to awake his suspicions.A Waif of the Plains
He succeeded in placating the wrath of the Marquis of Caylus.The Duke's Motto
Justin Huntly McCarthy
And Madame Rosalie's tone, though courteous, had not been eager or placating.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
It has nothing to do with placating or propitiating the Goddess.The Unwilling Vestal
Edward Lucas White
- (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.