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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
Assignments in one area often spur activity in others, as companies borrow for takeovers or repurchase stock to pacify an activist investor.
His name was Michael Jordan, who was also pacified by a lucrative Nike contract that dwarfed his NBA wages.
Take that seriously and the assumed priority assigned to pacifying Afghanistan or determining the future of Syria becomes more difficult to sustain.
Some suggested the ad appropriated Black Lives Matter protestors and took offense at the idea that a sip of soda would pacify riot police.
In September, the army was called in to help pacify the streets.
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.
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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."
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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