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

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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. refinery29.com, "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 The vision of ski resorts as pacification tools sprang from preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "It’s All Downhill in Chechnya, This Time at a Ski Resort," 31 Jan. 2018 Ordinarily, police drives against prostitution are about as effective as pacification programs in Vietnam. Gail Sheehy, Daily Intelligencer, "Wide Open City/Part 1: The New Breed," 8 Sep. 2017 Adding to the problems is the erosion of a pacification program launched several years ago that aimed at building connections between officers and residents. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "100 police killed in Rio, on pace to be worst year in decade," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pacification

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

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