pacify Definition

  • 1to calm someone down or bring peace to a situation
  • 2to make someone less angry or upset

Using pacify: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pacify" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The mother tried to pacify her crying baby by singing a lullaby.

  • Example

    The government sent troops to pacify the rebellious region.

  • Example

    He pacified his angry girlfriend by apologizing and bringing her flowers.

pacify Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pacify

Antonyms for pacify

Phrases with pacify

  • pacify one's conscience

    to do something to stop feeling guilty about something


    He donated money to charity to pacify his conscience after cheating on the exam.

  • to bring peace to a country or region that is experiencing conflict or unrest


    The United Nations sent peacekeeping forces to pacify the war-torn country.

  • pacify a crowd

    to calm down a group of people who are angry or upset


    The police used tear gas to pacify the rioting crowd.

Origins of pacify

from Latin 'pacificare', meaning 'to make peaceful'


Summary: pacify in Brief

The verb 'pacify' [ˈpæsɪfaɪ] means to calm someone down or bring peace to a situation. It can refer to calming a crying baby, bringing peace to a rebellious region, or making someone less angry or upset. 'Pacify' can also be used in phrases like 'pacify one's conscience,' 'pacify a nation,' and 'pacify a crowd.' Synonyms include 'soothe,' 'appease,' and 'placate.'