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pacify Syllabification: pac·i·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈpasəˌfī/

Definition of pacify in English:

verb (pacifies, pacifying, pacified)

[with object]
1Quell the anger, agitation, or excitement of: he had to pacify angry spectators
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Bring peace to (a country or warring factions), especially by the use or threatened use of military force: the general pacified northern Italy
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  • 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.


Late 15th century: from Old French pacefier, from Latin pacificare, based on pax, pac- 'peace'.



Pronunciation: /ˌpasəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/
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.


Pronunciation: /pəˈsifikəˌtôrē/
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.

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