Definition of pacify in English:

pacify

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Pronunciation: /ˈpasɪfʌɪ
 
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verb (pacifies, pacifying, pacified)

[with object]
  • 1Quell the anger, agitation, or excitement of: he had to pacify angry spectators
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Bring peace to (a country or warring factions), especially by the use or threat 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.

Derivatives

pacification

noun
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  • 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.

pacificatory

adjective
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  • 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.

Origin

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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