pacify

verb

go out there and try to pacify the passengers

Syn:
placate, appease, calm (down), conciliate, propitiate, assuage, mollify, soothe
Ant:
enrage
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pacify, appease, conciliate, mollify, placate, propitiate
You might try to pacify a crying baby, to appease a demanding boss, to mollify a friend whose feelings have been hurt, and to placate an angry crowd. While all of these verbs have something to do with quieting people who are upset, excited, or disturbed, each involves taking a slightly different approach. Pacify suggests soothing or calming (the mother made soft cooing noises in an attempt to pacify her child). Appease implies that you've given in to someone's demands or made concessions in order to please (she said she would visit his mother just to appease him), while mollify stresses minimizing anger or hurt feelings by taking positive action (her flattery failed to mollify him). Placate suggests changing a hostile or angry attitude to a friendly or favorable one, usually with a more complete or long-lasting effect than appease (they were able to placate their enemies by offering to support them). You can propitiate a superior or someone who has the power to injure you by allaying or forestalling their anger (they were able to propitiate the trustees by holding a dinner party in their honor). Conciliate implies the use of arbitration or compromise to settle a dispute or to win someone over (the company made every effort to conciliate its angry competitor).

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  • Pacify — Pac i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pacified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pacifying}.] [F. pacifier, L. pacificare; pax, pacis, peace + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Peace}, and { fy}.] To make to be at peace; to appease; to calm; to still; to quiet; to allay …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pacify — pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate are comparable when they mean to quiet excited, aroused, or disturbed persons. Pacify implies a soothing or calming of anger, grievance, or agitation, or the quelling of insurrection… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pacify — [pas′ə fī΄] vt. pacified, pacifying [ME pacifien < OFr pacefier < L pacificare < pax (gen. pacis), PEACE + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make peaceful or calm; appease; tranquilize 2. a) to establish or secure peace in (a …   English World dictionary

  • pacify — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. pacifier, from O.Fr., make peace, from L. pacificare to make peace, pacify, from pacificus (see PACIFIC (Cf. pacific)). Related: Pacified; pacifying …   Etymology dictionary

  • pacify — I verb accommodate, alleviate, appease, assuage, becalm, bring to terms, calm, componere, conciliate, dulcify, ease, lenire, make peace, mediate, mellow, mollify, pacificate, placare, placate, please, propitiate, quell, quiet, reconcile, relieve …   Law dictionary

  • pacify — [v] make peaceful; appease allay, ameliorate, assuage, bury the hatchet*, butter up*, calm, chasten, compose, con, conciliate, cool, dulcify, fix up, grease*, kiss and make up*, lay back, lull, make peace, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacificate …   New thesaurus

  • pacify — ► VERB (pacifies, pacified) 1) quell the anger or agitation of. 2) bring peace to (a country or warring factions). DERIVATIVES pacification noun. ORIGIN Latin pacificare, from pax peace …   English terms dictionary

  • pacify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English pacifien, from Anglo French pacifier, from Latin pacificare, from pac , pax peace Date: 15th century 1. a. to allay the anger or agitation of ; soothe < pacify a crying child > b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pacify — [[t]pæ̱sɪfaɪ[/t]] pacifies, pacifying, pacified 1) VERB If you pacify someone who is angry, upset, or not pleased, you succeed in making them calm or pleased. [V n] Is this a serious step, or is this just something to pacify the critics?... [V n] …   English dictionary

  • pacify — UK [ˈpæsɪfaɪ] / US [ˈpæsɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms pacify : present tense I/you/we/they pacify he/she/it pacifies present participle pacifying past tense pacified past participle pacified 1) to make someone who is angry, worried, or… …   English dictionary

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