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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
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 an attempt to pacify dissenters, Kevin Brady, chairman of the Ways
In order to pacify almost 300 passengers during their two unscheduled diversions, American Airlines fed everybody a slice of pizza.
Humans, motivated or pacified by information not personally verified, create hell on Earth.
Delta’s higher caps for instance, which run from $199 to $499 depending on the flight and seat, might be low enough to pacify travelers but not so low that they are gobbled up quickly, Kaplan said.
Restored prosperity also could pacify a society on the verge of self-strangulation.
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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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