verb (pacifies, pacifying, pacified)[with object]
- A plumber was stabbed in the chest and died within minutes when he tried to pacify an angry man armed with a knife outside a public house, a jury was told.
- Even Mr Deshpande's apology failed to pacify him.
- The traffic policeman, who arrives late, tries to pacify everyone.
- The idea of occupying and pacifying a country by airpower alone, or with the air force as the primary force employed, is especially attractive to airmen.
- Caesar campaigns against the Belgii; all northern Gaul apparently pacified.
- Linn's book is a detailed operational history of military action to pacify and restore order to the islands.
- Example sentences
- It is obvious that warfighting objectives are different from stabilization tasks and therefore the deployment of troops should be done in the knowledge that pacification requires a wider presence.
- Nineteenth century empires calculated they needed two - and - a - half times the troops for pacification as for battlefield victory.
- Very soon after the initial pacification of the country and the onset of humanitarian relief and economic reconstruction, the task of political reconstruction must begin.
- Example sentences
- However, it may be thought that unredressed torts would be regarded as a canker in society, and to that extent the law can still be regarded as having a pacificatory aim.
- As there is no better harmonizer of differences than a good laugh, these laughter-provoking letters should serve a pacificatory purpose.
- 'Molly's but four-and-twenty,' said Sylvia, in a pacificatory tone.
Late 15th century (earlier (late Middle English) as pacification): from Old French pacefier, from Latin pacificare, based on pax, pac- 'peace'.
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