Definition of pacify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpasəˌfī/

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.
placate, appease, calm (down), conciliate, propitiate, assuage, mollify, soothe
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.



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.


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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Syllabification: pac·i·fy

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