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[pas-uh-fahy] /ˈpæs əˌfaɪ/

verb (used with object), pacified, pacifying.
to bring or restore to a state of or tranquillity; quiet; calm:
to pacify an angry man.
to appease:
to pacify one’s appetite.
to reduce to a state of submission, especially by military force; subdue.
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force

late 15c., “appease, allay the anger of (someone),” from Middle French pacifier “make peace,” from Latin pacificare “to make peace; pacify,” from pacificus (see pacific). Of countries or regions, “to bring to a condition of calm,” c.1500, from the start with suggestions of submission and terrorization. Related: Pacified; pacifying.


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