[ pley-keyt, plak-eyt ]
/ ˈpleɪ keɪt, ˈplæk eɪt /
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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.
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Origin of placate1
First recorded in 1670–80; from Latin plācātus, past participle of plācāre “to quiet, calm, appease,” akin to placēre “to please”; cf. please
OTHER WORDS FROM placatepla·cat·er, nounpla·ca·tion [pley-key-shuhn], /pleɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounun·pla·cat·ed, adjective
Other definitions for placate (2 of 2)
[ plak-eyt, -it ]
/ ˈplæk eɪt, -ɪt /
a piece of plate armor of the 15th to the 18th century protecting the lower part of the torso in front: used especially as a reinforcement over a breastplate.
Origin of placate2
First recorded in 1625–35; apparently variant of placard
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How to use placate in a sentence
So they’re trying to figure out what are the words they need to say to placate the stock market.The Man Who Saw the Pandemic Coming - Issue 94: Evolving|Kevin Berger|December 30, 2020|Nautilus
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|Brendon Hong|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead of responding in kind to my placating overtures, the attitude of the whiskered man became more threatening than ever.Fibble, D. D.|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Allan took it calmly, made a placating remark or two, and lapsed into a friendly silence.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
Withal he gave me never excuse of ending him or placating him, but shifted upon me the burden of choosing time and spot.Desert Dust|Edwin L. Sabin
Mrs. Bowen did not respond to the question of placating and punishing her protégée with sustained interest.Indian Summer|William D. Howells
Ellen cast a sidelong look at Manape, and there was something distinctly placating in her eyes.Astounding Stories, June, 1931|Various
British Dictionary definitions for placate
/ (pləˈkeɪt) /
(tr) to pacify or appease
Derived forms of placateplacation, noun
Word Origin for placate
C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable
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