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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
With this latest Eagles brouhaha, the NFL is learning firsthand that any hopes of placating Trump are unlikely to succeed.
In drafting its anthem policy, NFL owners ignored the players in order to placate Trump.
Because Canada’s population is concentrated in Ontario and Quebec, federal elections have hinged on the east, where politics have focused on placating Quebec’s separatists.
Critics assailed the bill as emblematic of the city’s willingness to placate tech at the expense of its longtime businesses and residents.
There was no obvious point of the legislation other than placating upset voters, and time and distractions do a better job than political placation anyway.
The Dayton Accords were meant to end a war by placating warring ethno-nationalist leaders, but Annex 4 has been used to govern Bosnia for more than two decades.
No more attempts to placate the older veterans with playing time.
But Downtown isn't taking that risk to placate one of its staff writers.
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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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