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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: pacificare, from pax; PEACE

pacify

verb
     
Related topics: Government
pac‧i‧fy past tense and past participle pacified, present participle pacifying, third person singular pacifies [transitive]
1 to make someone calm, quiet, and satisfied after they have been angry or upset:
'You're right,' Rita said, in order to pacify him.
2PG to stop groups of people from fighting or protesting, often by using force:
Economic reforms are needed to pacify and modernize the country.

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