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pac·i·fy

 (păs′ə-fī′)
tr.v. pac·i·fied, pac·i·fy·ing, pac·i·fies
1.
a. To ease the anger or agitation of (a person or the mind, for example).
b. To calm or soothe (a feeling, such as anger).
2.
a. To end war, fighting, or violence in (a region or country), especially by military force.
b. To subdue or quell (an insurrection or conflict, for example).
c. To cause (a group) to end a rebellion or other violent action.

[Middle English pacifien, from Old French pacifier, from Latin pācificāre : pāx, pāc-, peace; see pag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.]

pac′i·fi′a·ble adj.
Synonyms: pacify, mollify, conciliate, appease, placate
These verbs refer to allaying another's anger, discontent, or agitation. To pacify is to ease the concerns of or restore calm to: "The explanation ... was merely an invention framed to pacify his guests" (Charlotte Brontë).
Mollify stresses the soothing of hostile feelings: The therapist mollified the angry teenager by speaking gently. Conciliate implies winning over, often by reasoning and with mutual concessions: "He recognized the need to conciliate his political opponents" (Robert W. Johannsen).
Appease and placate suggest satisfying claims or demands or tempering antagonism, often by granting concessions: I appeased my friend's anger with a compliment. A sincere apology placated the indignant customer.

pacify

(ˈpæsɪˌfaɪ)
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
2. (Military) to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
[C15: from Old French pacifier; see pacific]
ˈpaciˌfiable adj

pac•i•fy

(ˈpæs əˌfaɪ)

v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm.
2. to appease: to pacify one's appetite.
3. to reduce to a submissive state; subdue.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin pācificāre to make peace. See pacific, -fy]
pac′i•fi`a•ble, adj.

pacify

- Can mean "to subdue by armed action."
See also related terms for subdue.

pacify


Past participle: pacified
Gerund: pacifying

Imperative
pacify
pacify
Present
I pacify
you pacify
he/she/it pacifies
we pacify
you pacify
they pacify
Preterite
I pacified
you pacified
he/she/it pacified
we pacified
you pacified
they pacified
Present Continuous
I am pacifying
you are pacifying
he/she/it is pacifying
we are pacifying
you are pacifying
they are pacifying
Present Perfect
I have pacified
you have pacified
he/she/it has pacified
we have pacified
you have pacified
they have pacified
Past Continuous
I was pacifying
you were pacifying
he/she/it was pacifying
we were pacifying
you were pacifying
they were pacifying
Past Perfect
I had pacified
you had pacified
he/she/it had pacified
we had pacified
you had pacified
they had pacified
Future
I will pacify
you will pacify
he/she/it will pacify
we will pacify
you will pacify
they will pacify
Future Perfect
I will have pacified
you will have pacified
he/she/it will have pacified
we will have pacified
you will have pacified
they will have pacified
Future Continuous
I will be pacifying
you will be pacifying
he/she/it will be pacifying
we will be pacifying
you will be pacifying
they will be pacifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pacifying
you have been pacifying
he/she/it has been pacifying
we have been pacifying
you have been pacifying
they have been pacifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pacifying
you will have been pacifying
he/she/it will have been pacifying
we will have been pacifying
you will have been pacifying
they will have been pacifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pacifying
you had been pacifying
he/she/it had been pacifying
we had been pacifying
you had been pacifying
they had been pacifying
Conditional
I would pacify
you would pacify
he/she/it would pacify
we would pacify
you would pacify
they would pacify
Past Conditional
I would have pacified
you would have pacified
he/she/it would have pacified
we would have pacified
you would have pacified
they would have pacified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pacify - cause to be more favorably inclinedpacify - cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer"
calm, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm down, quiet, quieten, lull - make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
2.pacify - fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location); "The U.N. troops are working to pacify Bosnia"
establish, give - bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"

pacify

verb
1. calm (down), appease, placate, still, content, quiet, moderate, compose, soften, soothe, allay, assuage, make peace with, mollify, ameliorate, conciliate, propitiate, tranquillize, smooth someone's ruffled feathers, clear the air with, restore harmony to Is this just something to pacify the critics?
2. quell, silence, crush, put down, tame, subdue, repress, chasten, impose peace upon Government forces have found it difficult to pacify the rebels.

pacify

verb
Translations
يُهَدِّئ
uklidnit
beroligepacificere
friîa; sefa
pacifistaspacifizmassutaikyti
nomierinātsalabināt
yatıştırmak

pacify

[ˈpæsɪfaɪ] VT (= calm) [+ person] → apaciguar, calmar; [+ country] → pacificar
we managed to pacify him eventuallypor fin logramos apaciguarlo or calmarlo

pacify

[ˈpæsɪfaɪ] vt
[+ country, region, rebels] → pacifier
(= placate) [+ person, crowd, critics] → apaiser
And is this a serious step, or is this just something to pacify the critics? → Et s'agit-il d'une mesure sérieuse ou bien est-ce juste destiné à apaiser les critiques?

pacify

vt babyberuhigen; warring countriesmiteinander aussöhnen; areabefrieden; criticsbesänftigen; just to pacify the unionsnur damit die Gewerkschaften stillhalten

pacify

[ˈpæsɪˌfaɪ] vt (person) → calmare; (country) → riportare la calma in, pacificare; (fears) → placare; (creditors) → ammansire

pacify

(ˈpӕsifai) verb
to make calm or peaceful. She tried to pacify the quarrelling children.
ˌpacifiˈcation (-fi-) noun
ˈpacifism noun
the belief that all war is wrong and that one must not take part in it.
ˈpacifist noun
a person who believes in pacifism. As a pacifist he refused to fight in the war.

pacify

vt. apaciguar, tranquilizar.
References in classic literature ?
Meg flew to rescue Amy, and Beth to pacify Jo, but Jo was quite beside herself, and with a parting box on her sister's ear, she rushed out of the room up to the old sofa in the garret, and finished her fight alone.
Meantime, Teta Elzbieta would go and beg, over in the Hyde Park district, and the children would bring home enough to pacify Aniele, and keep them all alive.
Rochester had given was merely an invention framed to pacify his guests.
To pacify her I held the casement ajar a few seconds.
I tried to pacify Dora, but she turned away her face, and shook her curls from side to side, and said, 'You cruel, cruel boy
You drain me of money till I have got nothing to pacify her with, and she'll do as she threatens some day.
The captain, hearing me utter these absurdities, concluded I was raving; however (I suppose to pacify me) he promised to give order as I desired, and going upon deck, sent some of his men down into my closet, whence (as I afterwards found) they drew up all my goods, and stripped off the quilting; but the chairs, cabinet, and bedstead, being screwed to the floor, were much damaged by the ignorance of the seamen, who tore them up by force.
The queen was much surprised by these words, but when she declared that she knew nothing whatever of the matter the princess lost all respect, and answered that if she were not allowed to marry as she wished she should kill herself, and it was in vain that the queen tried to pacify her and bring her to reason.
When the soul and the imagination have magnified a misfortune and made it too heavy for the shoulders and the brain to bear; when a hope long cherished, the realization of which would pacify the vulture feeding on the heart, is balked, and the man has faith neither in himself, despite his powers, nor in the future, despite of the Divine power,-- then that man is lost.
When you have them in their apartments -- which are constructed with a view to denying them that power -- you can say and do what you like; for they are then wholly impotent for mischief, and will not remember a few minutes hence the incident for which they may be at this moment threatening you with death, nor the promises which you may have found it necessary to make in order to pacify their fury.
An act of cruelty to a child aroused against me the anger of a passer-by, whom I recognised the other day in the person of your kinsman; the doctor and the child's family joined him; there were moments when I feared for my life; and at last, in order to pacify their too just resentment, Edward Hyde had to bring them to the door, and pay them in a cheque drawn in the name of Henry Jekyll.
No watch would pacify the man's resentment now; he would cry for vengeance also.