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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 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 ?
He brought with him several slices of meat in order to pacify the Housedog, so that he would not alarm his master by barking.
Mainwaring will storm of course, but you easily pacify him; besides, the most scrupulous point of honour could not require you to wait for HIS emancipation.
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.
Moreover a blunt and stolid regard for literal truth indisposes them to make those lavish promises by which the more judicious Circle can in a moment pacify his consort.
Yes, sa compagne called me, and I tried to pacify him, he's very ill and was dissatisfied with the doctor.
A couple of horses were declared to be a fair compensation for the loss of a woman who had previously lost her heart; with this, the Shoshonie brave was fain to pacify his passion.
I wiped his eyes with his frock, told him he was all right and called Sancho to pacify him.
Upon which the other lady, who was one of her most intimate acquaintance, and who well knew the true state of her affections, endeavoured all she could to pacify her, telling her--To be sure she could not help being uneasy; but that she should hope the best.
Gujar Khan Assistant Commissioner Mehreen Abbasi, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sardar Babar and Gujar Khan Union Council Chairman Shahid Sarraf also reached the scene, where they attempted to pacify the students.
Singh and Superintendent of Police Piyush Srivastava had to rush to the spot to pacify the angry residents.
Almazan retaliated, gracing Camson with an elbow to the face then punches were thrown before players Ronald Tubid, Don Trollano and the referees helped pacify the situation.
Pagulayan, on the other hand, fired his firearm at a nearby ditch drainage in an effort to pacify his friends who were quarreling during Christmas Day in Tondo, Manila.