Etymology
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placate (v.)

"appease or pacify," 1670s, a back-formation from placation or else from Latin placatus "soothed, quiet, gentle, calm, peaceful," past participle of placare "to calm, appease, quiet, soothe, assuage," causative of placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly.

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Definitions of placate

placate (v.)
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of;
Synonyms: pacify / lenify / conciliate / assuage / appease / mollify / gentle / gruntle
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