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Examples of placate in a Sentence
- Although Rumsfeld was later thrown overboard by the Administration in an attempt to placate critics of the Iraq War, his military revolution was here to stay. —Jeremy Scahill, Nation, 2 Apr. 2007
- The first step that women took in their emancipation was to adopt traditional male roles: to insist on their right to wear trousers, not to placate, not to smile, not to be decorative. —Fay Weldon, Harper's, May 1998
- These spirits inhabited natural objects, like rivers and mountains, including celestial bodies, like the sun and moon. They had to be placated and their favors sought in order to ensure the fertility of the soil and the rotation of the seasons. —Stephen W. Hawking, A Brief History of Time, 1988
- But it seems important to the Thunderbirds to make a big deal out of this; evidently it placates congressmen who don't think the Air Force should be in show biz. —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 3 Aug. 1987
The administration placated protesters by agreeing to consider their demands.
The angry customer was not placated by the clerk's apology.
Recent Examples of placate from the Web
Lawmakers were seeking to placate teachers frustrated with low pay and dwindling state funding.
Now the far right is using Comey’s decision to break FBI protocol in order to placate Republicans as a rationale to demand breaking FBI protocol to help Republicans again, this time by quashing an investigation of Trump.
That effort to placate has only invited a new round of ridicule from honey and maple syrup producers, who see the FDA effort as the epitome of Washington bureaucrats run amok.
Facing serious blowback from different portions of his political base on immigration, spending and his insipient trade war, the president is looking for ways to placate Republicans.
To remove iron from the subterranean realms was to tempt the spirit world, so the first miners conducted rituals to placate the higher powers before digging out the ore, according to the 1956 book The Forge and the Crucible.
The other guys are fine, too, but there is just too much time spent on Cher trying to placate these dudes in all their neediness.
The irony is that a deal has made strategic sense all along, assuming regulators can be placated—a combined company will compete better against the two companies’ bigger U.S. rivals, AT&T and Verizon.
Volatility vanished as central banks placated markets.
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Soothe Yourself With the History of placate
The earliest documented uses of "placate" in English date from the late 17th century. The word is derived from Latin placatus, the past participle of "placare," and even after more than 300 years in English, it still carries the basic meaning of its Latin ancestor: to soothe or "to appease." Other "placare" descendants in English are "implacable" (meaning "not easily soothed or satisfied") and "placation" ("the act of soothing or appeasing"). Even "please" itself, derived from Latin placēre ("to please"), is a distant relative of "placate."
Synonym Discussion of placate
- 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
PLACATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of placate for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to feel less angry about something
PLACATE Defined for Kids
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