Pacify is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of pacify, followed by 45 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
EXAMPLES - Pacify in a Sentence
- Bush ordered Marines to "pacify" the city of 300,000 people. (source)
- Kabila's government has vowed to "pacify" the territory, but the (source)
- So this might've been sent out to them as a way to kind of pacify the troops. (source)
- It spent $400 million in order to "pacify" and "civilize" the wild Philippines. (source)
- "I did kind of pacify her the other night when we were late from our walk, didn't (source)
- She did some verbal acrobatics as to her reason, which seemed to pacify her source. (source)
- Rachel, who had seen immediately that her cousin was in a temper, attempted to pacify her. (source)
- I think it's catchy music, but isn't meant to pacify the listener, but rather engage him/her. (source)
- I believe we could "pacify" Iraq through brutal application of force resulting in genocide-like slaughter. (source)
- Emperor Jagang, of course, did not send such invaluable men as Commander Kardeef out to pacify conquered lands. (source)
- They aren't breeding to improve the breed they are breeding to "pacify" the breed from what it was and still is. (source)
- Following the conquest, Roman soldiers were dispatched to "pacify" the restive streets of the newly conquered city. (source)
- Some of them failed to garner enough support during the general election and yet they are appointed to 'pacify' everybody. (source)
- The assault is still ongoing, and in the words of its US commander, it's unclear how long it will take to "pacify" the city. (source)
- Now Washington is fighting a much costlier war there giving different excuses, but it still can't "pacify" the Afghan people. (source)
- No one applauded or rushed to shake the hand of the man who had orchestrated the program to "pacify" Rio's slums ahead of the 2014 (source)
- As in Vietnam, the goal would seem to be to install a regime run by the United States and to "pacify" the country into accepting it. (source)
- It seems that the thirst for oil is so great as to even place the Iraqis on reservations as was done to "pacify" our own Native Americans. (source)
- No matter what Ari had said, the fact remained that he might well be in the next party ordered to "pacify" an Altan village in the same way. (source)
- In Vietnam, the Pentagon's counter-insurgency effort failed to "pacify" the countryside even with a half a million U.S. soldiers "in country." (source)
- Men who can run faster, hurl a stone farther, face an awesome enemy with an equal absence of trembling, and pacify a harem with as sturdy a shaft. (source)
- Having failed to 'pacify' the tribes through violence, the British tried to 'civilize' them by capturing many and keeping them in an 'Andaman Home'. (source)
- "Having failed to 'pacify' the tribes through violence, the British tried to 'civilize' them by capturing many and keeping them in an 'Andaman Home'. (source)
- When our leaders today talk about the necessity of maintaining a strong force in Mesopotamia to "pacify" the area, they are following a long tradition. (source)
- Alexander himself took the remainder of the army northeast into the mountains on a circuitous trek to pacify the highland tribes of the eastern Hindu Kush. (source)
- Sir Henry had to assure him that it was not so and pacify him by giving him a considerable part of his old wardrobe, the London outfit having now all arrived. (source)
- He could try to "pacify" Republicans, but that's only possible by giving some ground to conservatives and Obama's platform is as his base expects strictly leftist in nature. (source)
- Since my interview with Prince Bismarck the German press has been in jealous agitation, and to pacify them he has let it be known that he will give them the treaty this evening! (source)
- Rio's State government has been trying to "pacify" some of the city's more violent slums by moving in, rooting out drug traffickers and installing a special community police force. (source)
- The US and its NATO allies can barely come up with the troops to "pacify" Afganistan which has only 25M people without contemplating going into Pakistan with its population of 130M. (source)
- As yet they were unaware of the presence of the travelers, but Ki-Gor shivered a little as he thought of trying to pacify that many of the brutes with the limited supply of the drug that remained. (source)
- Anyway, a review of historical incursions of infidels into the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan show that the last person to "pacify" the natives was Alexander the Great, just briefly, 2300 years ago. (source)
- He also publicly denounced Israel for seeking, in his words, to "pacify" the Palestinians rather than reach a peace agreement with them and he praised the work of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of The Israel Lobby. (source)
- (Tijeras) Once the FARC was vanquished and order restored, the banana companies continued to pay the AUC to "pacify" their work force, suppress the labor unions and terrorize peasant squatters seeking their own competing land claims. (source)
- MCNEILL: I don't know if "pacify" is the term I would use, but you perhaps are asking about the debate that seems to rage in the media today on an extension -- or an expansion, I should say, of the International Security and Assistance Force. (source)
- "It is impossible for me," he writes to Nagni, the French nuncio, 2 April, 1629, "to put in jeopardy the common fatherhood and, in consequence, to be no longer able to heal and pacify, which is the proper business of the pope as vicar of Christ" (source)
- A week before, Presidente Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon had announced Marcos 'identity, ordered his arrest (along with the arrest of other EZLN leaders), and turned the Army and the national police loose to "pacify" the rebellious indigenous peoples. (source)
- Only on the fourth day, when thousands of houses and shops had already been destroyed, and the rioters, intoxicated with their success, threatened to start a regular massacre, the authorities decided to step in and to "pacify" the riff-raff by a rather quaint method. (source)
- Promoted to Headline (H2) on 9/27/09: Obama's LBJ Moment yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Obama's LBJ Moment'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: As in Vietnam, the goal would seem to be to install a regime run by the United States and to "pacify" the country into accepting it. (source)
- The Turkish-Armenian dialogue is known to have been advocated by successive U.S. administrations as a way to "pacify" the Armenian lobby and to weaken the incessant congressional efforts for U.S. recognition of the "Armenian genocide," a development that would most certainly damage U.S. (source)
- I absolutely agree with Steve and Dutch on the mandatory-sterilzation legislation: it might might be well-intentioned, but it's so poorly thought through and so draconian that it reminds me of the Soviet-era attempts to "pacify" native peoples in Siberia by destroying their unique dog breeds. (source)
- In 112 BCE, the Han's southern campaign to "pacify" the Southern Yue subjugated the Southern and Western Barbarians, resulting in the establishment of Yuexi and Shenli commanderies. 21 In 109 BCE, the Han conquered the Laojin and Mimo peoples. 22 Under enormous military pressure, the king of Dian surrendered. (source)
- Government attempts to 'pacify' these communities have tended to be antagonistic, repressive, uneven, top-down militaristic disarmament operations that have done little to address the root causes of local conflict while failing to provide security for disarmed communities, or to act in the interests of local people. " (source)
- After the ruling was successfully appealed to the Supreme Court by the District of Columbia, the National Rifle Association made a similar argument in their brief to the Court, affirming that the "very existence of an armed citizenry will tend to discourage would-be tyrants from attempting to use paid troops to 'pacify' the populace." (source)
- Given the fact that he controls the immense gas resources of Turkmenistan, the Israeli Maiman, his Merhav company, and his fellow Mossadniks would all profit immensely -- if and when the U. S.-led coalition were able to "pacify" and control Afghanistan so that the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline could be built allowing the gas of Turkmenistan to be sold to energy-hungry India. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 45 example sentences provided below is 50.0, which suggests that "pacify" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 44 synonyms for pacify.
allay, ameliorate, assuage, bury the hatchet, butter up, calm, chasten, compose, con, conciliate, cool, dulcify, fix up, grease, kiss and make up, lay back, lull, make peace, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacificate, placate, propitiate, put the lid on, qualify, quell, quiet, relieve, repress, silence, smooth over, soft-pedal, soften, soothe, square, still, stroke, subdue, sweeten, take the edge off, tame, temper, tranquilize
We have 14 antonyms for pacify.
aggravate, agitate, anger, arouse, excite, incite, intensify, irritate, provoke, rouse, trouble, upset, worry, worsen
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of pacify from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To ease the anger or agitation of.
- (verb-transitive) To end war, fighting, or violence in; establish peace in.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To bring peace to (a place or situation), by ending war, fighting, violence, anger or agitation.
- (verb) To appease (someone).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) 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
- (None) To appease; calm; quiet; allay the agitation or excitement of: as, to pacify a man when angry.
- (None) To restore peace to; tranquilize: as, to pacify countries in contention.
- (None) Synonyms To conciliate, assuage, still, lull, smooth, compose, soothe, mollify.
- (None) 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.
- (verb) fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
- (verb) cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of