October 11, 2017
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?
"Meg flew to rescue Amy, and Beth to pacify Jo, but Jo was quite beside herself, and with a parting box on her sister's ear, she rushed out of the room up to the old sofa in the garret, and finished her fight alone." (Louisa May Alcott, _Little Women_)
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." answer c
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