verb [T] formal
to stop someone feeling angry or offended by being nice to them

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  • Placate — Pla cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Placated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Placating}.] [L. placatus, p. p. of placare to placate, akin to placere to please. See {Please}.] To appease; to pacify; to concilate. Therefore is he always propitiated and placated.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Placate — Plac ate, n. Same as {Placard}, 4 & 5. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • placate — I verb allay, appease, assuage, bring to terms, calm, conciliate, disarm, dulcify, heal the breach, humor, hush, make peace, mollify, pacificate, pacify, patch up a quarrel, placare, please, propitiate, quiet, reconcile, restore harmony, salve,… …   Law dictionary

  • placate — (v.) mid 15c., from L. placatus, pp. of placare to calm, appease, related to placere (see PLEASE (Cf. please)). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly …   Etymology dictionary

  • placate — vb *pacify, appease, mollify, propitiate, conciliate Antonyms: enrage Contrasted words: *anger, infuriate, incense, madden: *stir, arouse, rouse: *provoke, excite, stimulate, pique …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • placate — [v] soothe, pacify appease, assuage, calm, cheer, comfort, conciliate, humor, make peace*, make up*, mollify, pacify, play up to*, pour oil on*, propitiate, reconcile, satisfy, softpedal*, soothe, stroke*, sweeten, tranquilize, win over*;… …   New thesaurus

  • placate — ► VERB ▪ make less angry or hostile: calm or appease. DERIVATIVES placatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin placare …   English terms dictionary

  • placate — [plā′kāt΄, plā kāt′; ] also [ plak′āt΄] vt. placated, placating [< L placatus, pp. of placare, to appease: see PLEASE] to stop from being angry; appease SYN. PACIFY placater n. placation n. placative [plā′kāt΄iv, plā′kətiv; plak′āt΄iv] adj.… …   English World dictionary

  • placate — UK [pləˈkeɪt] / US [ˈpleɪkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms placate : present tense I/you/we/they placate he/she/it placates present participle placating past tense placated past participle placated formal to stop someone feeling angry or… …   English dictionary

  • placate — [[t]pləke͟ɪt, AM ple͟ɪkeɪt[/t]] placates, placating, placated VERB If you placate someone, you do or say something to make them stop feeling angry. [FORMAL] [V n] He smiled, and made a gesture intended to placate me... [V ing] I didn t mean to… …   English dictionary

  • placate — placate1 placater, n. placation /play kay sheuhn/, n. /play kayt, plak ayt/, v.t., placated, placating. to appease or pacify, esp. by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry. [1670 80; < L placatus ptp. of placare… …   Universalium

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