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[pley-keyt, plak-eyt]
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verb (used with object), pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing.
  1. to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.
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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

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Related Words for placating

satisfy, appease, reconcile, assuage, soothe, pacify, mollify, humor, conciliate, sweeten, comfort, stroke, cheer, calm, soft-pedal, tranquilize, propitiate

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  1. (tr) to pacify or appease
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Derived Formsplacation, noun

Word Origin for placate

C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable
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Word Origin and History for placating



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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