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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
When Annie goes home and proposes the same routine, Steve scoffs and sighs but, to placate her, goes along with it.
President Donald Trump sought to placate North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday after Pyongyang threatened to scrap an unprecedented summit between the two leaders.
Still, Hyundai might try to placate Elliott and other disgruntled investors by handing out more cash from other parts of the group.
That’s not true — but once again, the city wants to placate adults at the expense of children.
This is far outside the typical Fox News strategy of both defending and placating Trump.
The measure could lead to higher property taxes in those school districts, so the plan includes a provision to placate conservatives concerned about rising taxes.
Pledges to spend more in poorer regions and allow up to 1,000 family members each month to join refugees already living in Germany also seemed designed to placate SPD members distrustful of governing with Merkel again.
Wielgus filed a lawsuit this past year with the assistance of PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, alleging the university had silenced and punished him for his research findings to placate politicians beholden to ranchers.
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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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