From Latin plācātus, past participle of plācō (“appease, placate”, literally “smooth, smoothen”), from Proto-Indo-European *plāk- (“smooth, flat”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (“broad, flat, plain”). Related to Latin placeō (“appease”), Old English flōh (“flat stone, chip”). More at please.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pləˈkeɪt/, /pleɪˈkeɪt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈpleɪkeɪt/, /pleɪˈkeɪt/
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- Rhymes: -eɪt
- (transitive) To calm; to bring peace to; to influence someone who was furious to the point that he or she becomes content or at least no longer irate.
- (to calm): enrage
placate (plural placates)
- second-person plural present of
- second-person plural imperative of
- feminine plural past participle of
- placate in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- placate in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- placate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette