pac·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpa-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce pacification (audio) \

Definition of pacification

1a : the act or process of pacifying : the state of being pacified
b : the act of forcibly suppressing or eliminating a population considered to be hostile
2 : a treaty of peace

Examples of pacification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your upbringing by your superiors was pacification, not discipline, which resulted in a lack of accountability. David Owens,, "Deykevious Russaw, convicted in the deaths of two innocent people in Hartford, sentenced to 20 additional years in prison," 1 Nov. 2019 As part of the same process of pacification, Japanese intelligence was shrunk, divided into squabbling units and focused narrowly on communists at home and trade secrets abroad. The Economist, "Japanese spies, once renowned, have fallen on hard times," 14 Sep. 2019 British and American leaders feared civil insurrection in Paris and wanted to avoid the risks of pacification, possibly by force, and then feeding and running a city of 4 million, all delaying the assault on Germany itself. Jean Edward Smith, Washington Post, "The Allies who liberated Paris, and the Nazi who saved it," 22 Aug. 2019 He was hired by Komer a decade later, when the former Vietnam War pacification chief was undersecretary of defense for policy. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 12 May 2018 From that moment of pacification on, Bobby and Chuck’s storylines barely intersected., "Billions Season 3 Finale Recap: "The Death Zone"," 11 June 2018 Ironically, tear gas has continued to be used as a weapon of pacification domestically; law enforcement from local police officers to the National Guard have continued to use tear gas to quell riots and prevent property damage. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How the Death of 6,000 Sheep Spurred the American Debate on Chemical Weapons," 9 Apr. 2018 The streets were far safer, thanks in part to the city’s pacification police program, which sought to drive out the drug traffickers who had propelled murder rates to deadly highs in the 1990s and were still ubiquitous. Washington Post, "A once-trendy Rio slum is now ‘at war’," 5 Jan. 2018 But Russia has a longer-term strategy: putting winter sports to use as a tool for economic development and pacification in a decades-old conflict in the Caucasus. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "It’s All Downhill in Chechnya, This Time at a Ski Resort," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pacification

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Pacification.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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