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
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)