placate

verb
pla·​cate | \ ˈplā-ˌkāt How to pronounce placate (audio) , ˈpla- How to pronounce placate (audio) \
placated; placating

Definition of placate

transitive verb

: to soothe or mollify especially by concessions : appease

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Other Words from placate

placater noun
placatingly \ ˈplā-​ˌkā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce placatingly (audio) , ˈpla-​ \ adverb
placation \ plā-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce placation (audio) , pla-​ \ noun
placative \ ˈplā-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce placative (audio) , ˈpla-​ \ adjective
placatory \ ˈplā-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce placatory (audio) , ˈpla-​ \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for placate

pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate mean to ease the anger or disturbance of. pacify suggests a soothing or calming. pacified by a sincere apology appease implies quieting insistent demands by making concessions. appease their territorial ambitions placate suggests changing resentment or bitterness to goodwill. a move to placate local opposition mollify implies soothing hurt feelings or rising anger. a speech that mollified the demonstrators propitiate implies averting anger or malevolence especially of a superior being. propitiated his parents by dressing up conciliate suggests ending an estrangement by persuasion, concession, or settling of differences. conciliating the belligerent nations

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."

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But one look at the forthcoming movie’s cast should placate even the most doubtful mind. Estelle Tang, Vogue, "The New Emma Adaptation Looks Absolutely Perfect," 21 Nov. 2019 My plan was to use an assumed name but even this doesn't placate him. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: After a previous miscarriage, the idea of her pregnancy being the center of attention freaks her out," 27 Oct. 2019 Critics say Khosrowshahi is downplaying Khashoggi’s grisly murder to placate one of the company’s biggest investors. Washington Post, "Uber CEO walks back comment on Saudi writer’s slaying," 11 Nov. 2019 This was viewed as a balancing act to placate angry Hindu extremists angry at the government’s Shah Bano move. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Rajiv Gandhi: The man who opened a can of worms at the Babri mosque," 9 Nov. 2019 Not all pain warrants their use, and they should not be prescribed to placate patients if they are not indicated, no matter how strongly they are requested. Sarah C. Hull, STAT, "Not so conscientious objection: When can doctors refuse to treat?," 8 Nov. 2019 After resistance from Zuckerberg in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election — during which the platform was criticized for disseminating demonstrably false news in its news feed — Facebook has taken steps to placate media concerns. Erik Hayden, The Hollywood Reporter, "Aaron Sorkin's Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is "Assaulting Truth"," 31 Oct. 2019 The announcement of preparation for public hearings, however, did nothing to placate some of the most vocal Republicans. Alana Abramson, Time, "House Democrats to Vote on Resolution Laying Out Next Steps in Impeachment Inquiry," 28 Oct. 2019 Evans managed both to placate the money men at Gulf & Western, who wanted to sell Paramount because of its wan revenue, and become a peer of Hollywood's rambunctious talent. cleveland, "Robert Evans, Hollywood mogul of legendary bravado, dies at 89," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of placate

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for placate

Latin placatus, past participle of placare — more at please

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The first known use of placate was in 1678

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Placate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/placating. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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More Definitions for placate

placate

verb
How to pronounce placate (audio) How to pronounce placate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of placate

formal : to cause (someone) to feel less angry about something

placate

verb
pla·​cate | \ ˈplā-ˌkāt How to pronounce placate (audio) , ˈpla- \
placated; placating

Kids Definition of placate

: to calm the anger of The apology did little to placate customers.

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