Definition of placate
placatinglyplay \ˈplā-ˌkā-tiŋ-lē, ˈpla-\ adverb
placationplay \plā-ˈkā-shən, pla-\ noun
placativeplay \ˈplā-ˌkā-tiv, ˈpla-\ adjective
placatoryplay \ˈplā-kə-ˌtȯr-ē, ˈpla-\ adjective
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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
An equally telling exchange came in April this year when Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister, fired a top adviser in an apparent gesture to placate the army over what had become known as the Dawn leaks.
A tale of race and racism that in no way attempts to placate or soothe, Get Out has an electrifying boldness to it, the immediate and tingling thrill of seeing something expressed on screen that is so rarely allowed to be.
At the same time, the new draft aims to placate the right by further easing the existing law's insurance mandates and providing higher tax deductions for the health-savings accounts that conservatives favor, Republicans said.
There is another GOP faction, however, that absolutely must be placated for this legislation to pass, and nobody much is talking about it: the anti-abortion lobby.
Netanyahu, trying to placate both his coalition partners and wealthy liberal Jewish donors, had promised the new $9 million plaza for mixed-gender prayer would be established.
Our constitution doesn't say take another two years to do a study to placate someone who doesn't want to take the big steps necessary to take the big steps.
FOUR FLASHPOINTS: -- The Senate Majority Leader, who can only afford two defections among his 52 members, has struggled to placate the opposite ideological ends of his caucus.
And the draft that has emerged appears to try to placate both.
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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
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
Definition of placate for Students
: to calm the anger of The apology did little to placate customers.
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