pacification

noun
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 As inflation soared, Mr. Khiem invoked economic austerity measures and greater pacification efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 As inflation soared, Mr. Khiem invoked economic austerity measures and greater pacification efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 As inflation soared, Mr. Khiem invoked economic austerity measures and greater pacification efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 As inflation soared, Mr. Khiem invoked economic austerity measures and greater pacification efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 As inflation soared, Mr. Khiem invoked economic austerity measures and greater pacification efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 As inflation soared, Mr. Khiem invoked economic austerity measures and greater pacification efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 As inflation soared, Mr. Khiem invoked economic austerity measures and greater pacification efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 As inflation soared, Mr. Khiem invoked economic austerity measures and greater pacification efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pacification

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

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“Pacification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pacification. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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