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Examples of pacify in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of pacify from the Web
Though the results project voters will give Macron a historic landslide, a legislative majority may not pacify his opponents or stem the resistance that’s expected to rise against him.
LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, trying to pacify her Conservative Party after a major setback in the country’s election on Thursday, on Saturday let go her top two aides, who had earned reputations for secrecy and arrogance.
Their removal was seen as a way to pacify party frustration, which otherwise might have ended in May’s removal—although, that still seems a possibility.
Dignity therapy has gained traction in recent years as hospitals, hospice organizations and palliative care centers look for drug-free ways to pacify patients.
The Smile Jamaica concert, so named for Marley's pacifying single released in November, would be held on Dec. 5.
First, pundits can dispel the notion that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have the secret sauce for pacifying Trump and keeping him from descending into right-wing lunacy.
Ultimately, the wars of the Middle East will be pacified only by political solutions, backed by strong governments.
Many observers believe that picking 63-year-old Lucia — a career lawyer with no political affiliation — would pacify Brazilians who are furious with the political class after years of scandals.
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Did You Know?
A parent who wants to win a little peace and quiet might give a fussy baby a pacifier. An employer seeking to avoid worker discontent might pay employees well. These actions may seem unrelated, but, etymologically speaking, they have a lot in common. Both "pacifier" and "pay" are ultimately derived from "pax," the Latin word for "peace." As you may have guessed, "pax" is also the source of our word peace. "Pacify" comes to us through Middle English "pacifien," from the Latin verb pacificare, which derives from "pax."
Origin and Etymology of pacify
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsappease, assuage, conciliate, disarm, gentle, mollify, placate, propitiate
Antonymsanger, enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, ire, madden, outrage
Related Wordscalm, comfort, console, content, hush, quiet, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize); endear (to), ingratiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please; adulate, blarney, flatter, overpraise, soft-soap; quench, sate, satiate, satisfy; cater (to), humor, indulge; blandish, cajole, coax, sweet-talk, wheedle; baby, coddle, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil; dulcify, sweeten
Near Antonymsaggravate, annoy, antagonize, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, cross, exasperate, gall, get, grate, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pique, put out, rankle, rile, roil, ruffle, vex; provoke, rouse; harass, harry, persecute, pester; agitate, discomfort, distress, disturb, fret, perturb, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, offend, slight
Synonym Discussion of pacify
- pacified by a sincere apology
- appease their territorial ambitions
- a move to placate local opposition
- a speech that mollified the demonstrators
- propitiated his parents by dressing up
- conciliating the belligerent nations
PACIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pacify for English Language Learners
: 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
PACIFY Defined for Kids
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