Simple Definition of pacify
: to cause (someone who is angry or upset) to become calm or quiet
: to cause or force (a country, a violent group of people, etc.) to become peaceful
Full Definition of pacify
Examples of pacify
She resigned from her position to pacify her accusers.
Their efforts to pacify the nation by force failed.
trying to pacify a mob of protesters
Origin of pacify
Middle English pacifien, from Anglo-French pacifier, from Latin pacificare, from pac-, pax peace
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of pacify
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