Etymology
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pacify (v.)

late 15c., pacifien, "appease, allay the anger of (someone)," from Old French pacifier, paciifier, "make peace," from Latin pacificare "to make peace; pacify," from pacificus "peaceful, peace-making," from pax (genitive pacis) "peace" (see peace). Of countries or regions, "to bring to a condition of calm, to restore peace to," late 15c., from the start with suggestions of forced submission and terrorization. Related: Pacified; pacifying.

updated on December 05, 2019

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Definitions of pacify from WordNet

pacify (v.)
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of;
Synonyms: lenify / conciliate / assuage / appease / mollify / placate / gentle / gruntle
pacify (v.)
fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location);
The U.N. troops are working to pacify Bosnia
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