placate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v placate 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
    • n Placate Same as Placard, 4 & 5.
    • v. t Placate To appease; to pacify; to concilate. "Therefore is he always propitiated and placated ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • placate To appease or pacify; conciliate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Placate to conciliate
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. placatus, p. p. of placare, to placate, akin to placere, to please. See Please
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. placabilisplacāre, to appease, akin to placēre, to please.

Usage

In literature:

Gieger might have averted the threatening clash with a judicious use of soft, placating speech.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Withal he gave me never excuse of ending him or placating him, but shifted upon me the burden of choosing time and spot.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
In Smith's theory there is confusion between the two ideas of communion and expiation or placation.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
He succeeded in placating the wrath of the Marquis of Caylus.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
He had meant to placate her by a temporary gentleness, to be offset by future brutalities.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Our commanding officer endeavored to placate the old chief, who went back for a conference with his men.
"Arizona's Yesterday" by John H. Cady
The thing in hand now was to placate Tharon, the mistress of Last's, to play the overwhelming lover.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Many officials have to be placated.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
But the mutilated chief was in no mood to be placated.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
They went to church and placated their god, and swore they believed certain things the acts of their lives repudiated.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
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In news:

Courteous parents of twins placate plane passengers by handing out candies.
NYPD's Night Out Against Crime Enormously Underwhelming, Placates People with Free Things.
"Dark but nimble illustrations flesh out a story line for this old folk song when a scowling older sister starts the baby crying by abruptly shoving its cradle and the family tries to placate it," wrote PW.
Harlingen Superintendent Tries To Placate South Parents.
In an effort to placate the angry customer, the store manager replaced the defective product with a more expensive model at no extra charge.
WH to try to placate Catholics on contraceptives.
Placating the press with candy.
Thank you for "Sudan Is Described as Trying to Placate the West" (news article, March 26), describing the crisis in the Sudan and that Government's efforts at spin control.
Earlier this week President Barack Obama attempted to placate impatient gay rights activists by extending partial federal benefits to same-sex partners of US government workers.
At Albany hopes indoor field will placate Giants.
Mursi's decision on Saturday to retract a decree awarding himself wide powers failed to placate opponents who accused him of plunging Egypt deeper into crisis by refusing to postpone the vote on a constitution shaped by Islamists.
The imagery of angry gods that must be placated by extreme sacrifices has dominated the religious expressions of primitive people around the globe.
In some cultures, even the sacrifice of children has been practiced to placate the angry gods.
Issuance is intended to fund infrastructure improvements and placate watchful ratings agency.
Not unlike the rulers they helped depose, Islamists placate the West.
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