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placate Syllabification: pla·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈplākāt/

Definition of placate in English:


[with object]
Make (someone) less angry or hostile: they attempted to placate the students with promises
More example sentences
  • This doesn't placate anyone or calm things down or keep order.
  • She eventually storms off into another part of the house and he follows in an attempt to placate her.
  • Eventually, he is placated and leaves the scene.
pacify, calm, appease, mollify, soothe, win over, conciliate, propitiate, make peace with, humor


Example sentences
  • Placaters are the children who will lose track of their own feelings and opinions and base every decision on their ultimate desire to bring peace to the family.
Pronunciation: /pləˈkātiNG-lē/
Example sentences
  • ‘Girls, girls,’ he said placatingly as he entered.
  • ‘I was just saying,’ said the second placatingly, getting out a heavy key.
  • ‘Sure you do Jay,’ she told him placatingly and he stuck out his lower lip in an obvious pout.
Pronunciation: /plāˈkāSHən/
Example sentences
  • But this is largely a hypothetical concern, given the reality of the court processes involved and the oft-stated placations of potential claimants that public access would be preserved even if such claims were successful.
  • The need for consensus and placation is a particularly human perversion of science, but it happens all too often because office and personal politics make it necessary.
  • With a brother like mine, placation soon becomes a necessary part of life.


Late 17th century: from Latin placat- 'appeased', from the verb placare.

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