October 11, 2012
pacify (verb)
\PASS-uh-fye\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to make peaceful or quiet2 : to restore to a peaceful state : settle, subdue
How do you use it?
Aaron hoped rocking his infant sister would pacify her until his dad finished warming the bottle of milk.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the words below do you think means about the same thing as "pacify"?

Rest easy if you chose C. "Pacify" and "placate," along with "appease" and "mollify," mean to ease the anger or disturbance of someone. Use "pacify" to suggest a soothing or calming, as in "pacified by a sincere apology." "Appease" works best to imply quieting insistent demands by making concessions, as in "appease their growing discontent." "Placate" is the one you want to suggest the changing of resentment or bitterness to goodwill, as in "a move to placate local opposition." And you should choose "mollify" to imply soothing hurt feelings or rising anger, as in "a speech that mollified the demonstrators."
Archive RSS Feed