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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
His grandfatherly, folksy demeanor was a constant, reassuring presence, as were his songs which helped pacify some of my fears.
Avoiding a pitch clock in 2018 has not pacified critics.
The regime’s recent pacifying statements and its prisoner releases are promising.
Packers Current cap space: $17,095,351 Potential casualties: Under new management, the Packers could finally pacify their fan base and flex some muscle in free agency.
Mali and its western neighbor of Senegal plan to deploy 1,000 troops soon in an operation to pacify central Mali and contain jihadists who had been confined to its Saharan expanses in the north.
This will work to pacify some people, who will be excited to receive their 40 cyber acres and high-tech, artificially intelligent mule.
But the idea that Jordan and Egypt will take on the thankless task of pacifying 2.7 million unhappy West Bank Palestinians and 2 million more in Gaza (while Israel keeps control of most West Bank land along with Gaza’s borders) is a pipe dream.
But now American diplomacy has failed to pacify tensions over the referendum.
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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
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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