Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To ease the anger or agitation of.
  • transitive v. To end war, fighting, or violence in; establish peace in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bring peace to (a place or situation), by ending war, fighting, violence, anger or agitation.
  • v. To appease (someone).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make to be at peace; to appease; to calm; to still; to quiet; to allay the agitation, excitement, or resentment of; to tranquillize

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To appease; calm; quiet; allay the agitation or excitement of: as, to pacify a man when angry.
  • To restore peace to; tranquilize: as, to pacify countries in contention.
  • Synonyms To conciliate, assuage, still, lull, smooth, compose, soothe, mollify.
  • To make peaceful by force; render inactive by depriving of the means of opposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
  • v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

Etymologies

Middle English pacifien, from Old French pacifier, from Latin pācificāre : pāx, pāc-, peace; + -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pāx ("peace") + verb faciō ("I do, make"). (Wiktionary)

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