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Definitions for placate
ˈpleɪ keɪt, ˈplæk eɪtpla·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntleverb

    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

    "She managed to mollify the angry customer"

Wiktionary

  1. placateverb

    To calm; to bring peace to; to influence someone who was furious to the point that he or she becomes content or at least no longer irate.

    Etymology: From Latin placatus, past participle of placo, from plāk-, from pele-. Related to placeo, floh. More at please.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Placatenoun

    same as Placard, 4 & 5

    Etymology: [L. placatus, p. p. of placare to placate, akin to placere to please. See Please.]

  2. Placateverb

    to appease; to pacify; to concilate

    Etymology: [L. placatus, p. p. of placare to placate, akin to placere to please. See Please.]

Editors Contribution

  1. placate

    to make less angry or hostile, to appease or pacify

    "they attempted to placate the students with promises"

    Submitted by cathi_b on June 20, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of placate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of placate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of placate in a Sentence

  1. Walter Lippmann:

    Successful ... politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.

  2. The Times piece:

    Sure, the Clinton campaign wants to placate the base. But if Clinton’s recent positions are pandering, this is pandering with a purpose, and without an obvious cost. She’s saying everything she can to make the left happy — without backing herself into a left-wing corner. Where’s the downside in chiding Republicans on voting rights?

  3. Walmart International:

    The action appears in every respect ... intended to placate Indian companies and local traders.

  4. Cade Courtley:

    And if somebody doesn't like it or hates you, you still have to press on and continue to have those beliefs and that conviction, and if we do that, the cancel culture will be canceled. It will just go away when people realize, 'Hey, they are not reacting to this anymore. They're pressing on with their opinions, their beliefs, their convictions and cancel culture will be gone.' But as long as people placate to a few of the fringe folks that just can't stand what you believe in, this will continue and grow. So we really need people to step up and be strong right now.

  5. Charles King:

    Periodically over the course of the last four months, I have seriously questioned some of the things Dr. Birx has said when she's with the President or representing the President, there have been times when Birx has gone much further to placate the President than I think is reasonable and I just hope it doesn't hurt her reputation in the long term.

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    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    • A. hodgepodge
    • B. elation
    • C. contempt
    • D. arborolatry

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