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1. The act of pacifying or the condition of being pacified; appeasement.
a. Reduction, as of a rebellious district, to peaceful submission: "Hadrian waged a brutal war of pacification against tenacious peasants of Judaea" (Kenneth W. Harl).
b. Practical measures or policy aiming to effect this type of submission.
3. often Pacification A peace treaty: the Pacification of Ghent.
pa·cif′i·ca′tor (pə-sĭf′ĭ-kā′tər) n.
pa·cif′i·ca·to′ry (-kə-tôr′ē) adj.
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