pacify

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From Middle French pacifier, from Latin pāx (peace) + faciō (I do, make). Cognate with pay and peacify.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpæsɪfaɪ/, /ˈpæsəfaɪ/
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  • Homophone: passify

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pacify (third-person singular simple present pacifies, present participle pacifying, simple past and past participle pacified)

  1. (transitive) To bring peace to (a place or situation), by ending war, fighting, violence, anger or agitation.
  2. (transitive) To appease (someone).
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      Watt decided in the end that an examination of Erskine's room was essential, if his mind was to be pacified, in this connexion.

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