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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
But that didn’t placate boosters, who threatened to withhold $80,000 in donations if the school didn’t fire Tingey and school president Arthur Vailas.
Removing Zwane, who has also been accused of being too close to the wealthy family, may placate some of Zuma’s critics amid a battle with mining companies over new empowerment regulations.
On the road below, guards tried to placate a group begging for drinking water.
While the decision to support Bitcoin Cash may placate some Coinbase customers, others are likely to question why the company will take months to do so, even as other digital exchanges support the new currency.
Yet demoting McCabe, a career FBI agent, would probably anger agents, who would see it as a move that placates the president.
No compromise, no set of facts, could have placated a right-wing base in the grips of atavistic cultural fear and walled off from legitimate news sources.
If there truly is no deal out there worth a trade of Irving, Gilbert and Altman would have a yeoman's task of trying to placate Irving and smooth some of the trouble between Irving and LeBron James.
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.
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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."
Synonymsappease, assuage, conciliate, disarm, gentle, mollify, pacify, propitiate
Antonymsanger, enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, ire, madden, outrage
Related Wordscalm, comfort, console, content, hush, quiet, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize); endear (to), ingratiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please; adulate, blarney, flatter, overpraise, soft-soap; quench, sate, satiate, satisfy; cater (to), humor, indulge; blandish, cajole, coax, sweet-talk, wheedle; baby, coddle, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil; dulcify, sweeten
Near Antonymsaggravate, annoy, antagonize, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, cross, exasperate, gall, get, grate, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pique, put out, rankle, rile, roil, ruffle, vex; provoke, rouse; harass, harry, persecute, pester; agitate, discomfort, distress, disturb, fret, perturb, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, offend, slight
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
Definition of placate for Students
- The apology did little to placate customers.
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