Definition of pacify
pacifiableplay \ˌpa-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl\ adjective
pacify was our Word of the Day on 05/11/2012. Hear the podcast!
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
The regime’s repressive response has since spawned a full spectrum of opposition not easily contained or pacified, even with massive firepower.
The Chechen leader has been key to Russia’s efforts to pacify the north Caucasus, acting as Mr. Putin’s local enforcer.
As airplane seats get smaller and airlines cut costs by stripping away amenities that can pacify passengers, tensions at 35,000 feet run increasingly high.
But in 2011, with the region pacified, President Rajapaksa began relaxing his stringent security measures, allowing in both Sri Lankans from the south and foreigners.
Once the western towns have been pacified, there's no need for his capacity for violence, nor his righteous fury.
If the Americans want to protect Kandahar City—a critical location for pacifying southern Afghanistan—they must first tame the Arghandab.
These example sentences are collected from online sources. Help us improve them by sending feedback.
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
Middle English pacifien, from Anglo-French pacifier, from Latin pacificare, from pac-, pax peace
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of pacify
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up pacify? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).