AskDefine | Define placate

Dictionary Definition

placate v : cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer" [syn: pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, gentle, gruntle]

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English

Etymology

From Latin placare

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /pləˈkeɪt/ or /pleɪˈkeɪt/
  • italbrac US /ˈpleɪkeɪt/ or /pleɪˈkeɪt/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪt

Verb

  1. To calm; to bring peace to; to sate someone who was furious up to the point that they are content, or at least no longer irate.

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Antonyms

Translations

to calm
*French: apaiser, calmer

Italian

Verb

placate
  1. second-person plural present tense of placare
  2. second-person plural imperative of placare
  3. feminine plural past participle of placare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

allay, appease, assuage, calm, comfort, conciliate, cool, defuse, dulcify, lay, lay the dust, mollify, pacify, pour balm on, propitiate, smooth, smooth down, smooth over, soothe, sweeten, tranquilize
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