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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
But now American diplomacy has failed to pacify tensions over the referendum.
At the time, Oosthuizen was simply trying to pacify his children on an airplane.
With its dreamy synth melody and delicate build that warbles to an elaborate soundscape, one can imagine Long pacifying his audience to the cold, isolating aspects of a new world.
This presented a long list of challenges, including how to pacify season ticket holders (free Lyft rides to and from shows); where to place the orchestra (behind the stage); and how to finesse the acoustics (a work in progress).
In an attempt to pacify dissenters, Kevin Brady, chairman of the Ways & Means committee, has since proposed keeping the deduction in place for property taxes.
Pepper spray was used to pacify inmates, according to the Norton officer.
But now that terrorists have sanctuaries all over the world, including in Western Europe, how important is pacifying Afghanistan?
In order to pacify almost 300 passengers during their two unscheduled diversions, American Airlines fed everybody a slice of pizza.
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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
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