- to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm: to pacify an angry man.
- to appease: to pacify one's appetite.
- to reduce to a state of submission, especially by military force; subdue.
Origin of pacify
Synonyms for pacify
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Examples from the Web for unpacified
Historical Examples of unpacified
Mr. Rochester took breakfast with us in a gloomy old dressing-room, moody and taciturn, unpacified by sleep.Henry Brocken
Walter J. de la Mare
As for special commission, I do not know if your Lordship have one, unless it be in the unruly and unpacified encomiendas.
- to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
- to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
Word Origin for pacify
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.