pacify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pacify fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location) "The U.N. troops are working to pacify Bosnia"
    • v pacify cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of "She managed to mollify the angry customer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches
    • v. t Pacify To make to be at peace; to appease; to calm; to still; to quiet; to allay the agitation, excitement, or resentment of; to tranquillize; as, to pacify a man when angry; to pacify pride, appetite, or importunity. "Pray ye, pacify yourself.""To pacify and settle those countries."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pacify To appease; calm; quiet; allay the agitation or excitement of: as, to pacify a man when angry.
    • pacify To restore peace to; tranquilize: as, to pacify countries in contention.
    • pacify Synonyms To conciliate, assuage, still, lull, smooth, compose, soothe, mollify.
    • pacify To make peaceful by force; render inactive by depriving of the means of opposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Pacify pas′i-fī to make peaceful: to appease: to bring back peace to: to calm; to soothe
    • n Pacify the ocean between Asia and America, so called by its discoverer Magellan because he sailed peacefully over it after weathering Cape Horn
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pacifier, L. pacificare,; pax, pacis, peace + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Peace, and -fy

Usage

In literature:

It is observed, in Le Sage's Gil Bias, that an exasperated author is not easily pacified.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
The squire was sitting in his study, purple with rage, while his daughters were trying vainly to pacify him.
"Yeast: A Problem" by Charles Kingsley
These words pacified Sally and so she willingly packed together her books and put each in its place.
"Erick and Sally" by Johanna Spyri
Danton visited Dumouriez to attempt to pacify him, but found him deeply exasperated.
"The Theory of Social Revolutions" by Brooks Adams
But Isagani very quickly pacified her.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
When the reckoning is paid, he says, It must not be so, yet is straight pacified, and cries, What remedy?
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
But, instead of pacifying the mule, he will only make him worse, which should, under no circumstances, be done.
"The Mule" by Harvey Riley
He advised an attempt to pacify Debendra Babu; which failing, he would put his scheme into execution.
"Tales of Bengal" by S. B. Banerjea
If Mrs. Harrington complained in the morning, she must be pacified with a peace offering.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
Her father elbowed his way among them, white with terror, and attempted to pacify her.
"The Slim Princess" by George Ade
Hardly any pacifying her!
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
The island was pacified.
"Cuba, Old and New" by Albert Gardner Robinson
If Paul complained, they brought Virginia to him; at the sight of her he was pacified.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
Salcedo has pacified not only Los Camarines, but Albay and the island of Catanduanes.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803" by E.H. Blair
First hold yourself in peace, and then you will be able to pacify others.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
He must do all in his power to pacify the Indians in the disaffected provinces.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591" by Emma Helen Blair
The Liegeois and the German my lawful rights defied, By force of right and arms they have been pacified.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
In his passionate tenderness he strives to pacify her conscience, and again, as earnestly to arouse it.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
So as the matter be wisely pacified, it were well done to leave it.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
They were all so suddenly pacified when I appeared that it flashed upon me at the moment that they must have thought I had run away.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
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In poetry:

The child looked up; her innocent ears
Had caught the smothered cry;
She saw the pale face wet with tears
She fain would pacify.
"Christmas Eve" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Isaac, with humble powers, was seen
Employ'd to pacify the Queen.
"The pressing case was his excuse;
He hop'd the Queen would not refuse.
Her pardon begg'd agen, agen."
"Vell, me vill tink upon it den."
"Preferment" by William Hutton
The slumbering boy awak'd at home,
And miss'd his friend, and wish'd to roam,
And seek the friend he miss'd:
But hearing all his sire had done,
Soon pacified, the grateful son,
Could not such love resist.
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley
Yet all this will not pacifie thy spight,
No, nothing can bring ease but my last night,
Then quickly let it be,
While I unhappy see
That time so sparing, to grant Lovers blisse,
Will see for time lost, there shall no griefe misse.
"49 (Song 7)" by Mary Wroth
Then Captain Lingard still held on with Lucy in his arms,
Endeavouring to pacify the child from the storms alarms;
And at last the poor child's spirits began to sink,
And she cried in pitiful accents, papa! papa! give me a drink.
"The Wreck of the Barque 'Lynton'" by William Topaz McGonagall
But at length the wild tumult seems pacified,
And blackly amid the white swell
A gaping chasm its jaws opens wide,
As if leading down to the depths of hell:
And the howling billows are seen by each eye
Down the whirling funnel all madly to fly.
"The Driver" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

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Wean process off the redundancy pacifier.
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While pacifiers can offer solace to a crying infant, new research suggests they can also provide babies with bacteria .
"The pacifier is a potential reservoir for germs that will make you sick," said Dr Thomas Glass.
Angry passengers of Shatabdi Express on Saturday morning beat up hapless railway staff after they failed to pacify them over the abnormal delay of the train leaving for Kolkata.
Dirty pacifiers may make infants sick.
Looks like we're going to need to get a box of diapers and pacifiers for a junior college baseball player and the Tampa Bay Rays.
'When all the free stuff runs out, who is going to pacify all these freeloaders?'.
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