Definitions

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

  • n. The act of pacifying or the condition of being pacified; appeasement.
  • n. Reduction, as of a rebellious district, to peaceful submission: "Real pacification is hard to get in the Vietnamese countryside” ( McGeorge Bundy).
  • n. Practical measures or policy aiming to effect this type of submission.
  • n. A peace treaty: the Pacification of Ghent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of pacifying.
  • n. The process of calming, settling and taking control over an object, person or situation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of pacifying, or of making peace between parties at variance; reconciliation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of pacifying or reducing to a state of peace; appeasement; reconciliation; the establishment of peaceful relations or of a condition of peace.

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

  • n. the act of appeasing someone or causing someone to be more favorably inclined
  • n. actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency
  • n. a treaty to cease hostilities

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • With Rio gearing up to host the 2014 World Cup final and the 2016 Olympics, authorities have embarked upon a so-called "pacification" scheme, permanently occupying over a dozen slums and evicting the drug traffickers' private armies.

    Life and death in Rio's drug wars

  • Another important element of the pacification was the maintenance of freedom.

    The indigenous past of Zacatecas

  • Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification .

    ideonexus.com » 2004 » 5月

  • And here they were part of something euphemistically called a pacification operation, a dreadful word that the French first claimed in Algeria, I believe, in describing that war, which involved very, very good programs -- building clinics and helping Vietnamese.

    Flashbacks On Returning to Vietnam

  • But the news of the governor-general's arrival struck them with consternation, and vakeels were sent to Agra, to learn on what terms a pacification might yet be effected.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844

  • The overthrow of Wou Sankwei and the conquest of Formosa completed what may be called the pacification of China by the Manchus.

    China

  • After this was what was called the pacification of the Highlands, meaning that the Duke and his dragoons devastated all before them with fire and sword; and then "retributive justice" had its turn, and the work of the Tower Warders began in earnest.

    The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3 Who was a sailor, a soldier, a merchant, a spy, a slave among the moors...

  • Under a so-called "pacification" program, Rio authorities are following up invasions by handing slums over to specially trained community police and providing services such as health centers and formal electricity and TV supply.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Under a so-called "pacification" program, Rio authorities are following up invasions by handing slums over to specially trained community police and providing services such as health centres and formal electricity and TV supply.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Under a so-called "pacification" program, Rio authorities are following up invasions by handing slums over to specially trained community police and providing services like health centers and formal electricity and TV supply.

    NYT > Home Page

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.