Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you pacify something or someone.)
To pacify someone is to soothe him and calm him down. To pacify something is to settle it down and make it peaceful.
pacified, pacifier, pacifiable
How to use it:
Talk about pacifying a person, or pacifying a group of people, by taking a certain action, as in “We pacified the baby by singing her a lullaby” or, more simply, “We pacified the baby with a lullaby.” You can say that someone was pacified by something, as in “The angry students were pacified by the principal’s promise to consider their demands.” You usually talk about pacifying people, but you can also pacify problems.
In Suzanne Collins’s novel The Hunger Games, a government attempts to pacify its poor and starving people by providing violent entertainment that keeps them riveted.
Not even a sincere and beautifully worded apology could pacify Tara whenever she felt that her cooking had been insulted.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "pacify" means when you can explain it without saying "calm" or "settle."
Think of the last time you calmed someone down, and fill in the blanks: “I pacified _____ by _____.”
Example: “I quickly pacified my fussy baby girl with a bottle.”
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Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
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"to do" + "things" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Shakespeare: "And do as adversaries do in law: Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends."
1. The opposite of PACIFY is
2. He tried to pacify us by saying _____
A. “Just get out; I can’t help you.”
B. “Look, I’m on your side here.”
C. “The flight was delayed.”
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