verb (used with object), pac·i·fied, pac·i·fy·ing.
  1. to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm: to pacify an angry man.
  2. to appease: to pacify one's appetite.
  3. to reduce to a state of submission, especially by military force; subdue.

Origin of pacify

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin pācificāre to make peace. See pacific, -fy
Related formspac·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivepac·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·pac·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivere·pac·i·fy, verb (used with object), re·pac·i·fied, re·pac·i·fy·ing.un·pac·i·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·pac·i·fied, adjective

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verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
  2. to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
Derived Formspacifiable, adjective

Word Origin for pacify

C15: from Old French pacifier; see pacific
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Word Origin and History for unpacified



late 15c., "appease, allay the anger of (someone)," from Middle French pacifier "make peace," from Latin pacificare "to make peace; pacify," from pacificus (see pacific). Of countries or regions, "to bring to a condition of calm," c.1500, from the start with suggestions of submission and terrorization. Related: Pacified; pacifying.

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