Word of the Day: Pacify

Pacify [Noun]


“(1) to bring peace to; to end war or strife in,

 (2) to allay the anger or agitation of; appease; calm”

(Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

Pacify, from the Latin pac or peas meaning “peace,” is a verb used when someone or something helps to calm a situation, brings a peaceful end to conflict, or appeases an enemy.

In a sentence:

“I put up with a great deal to pacify the touchy tribe of poets.”



appease, assuage, diffuse (the tension), mollify, placate, soothe

From Our Library:

  • In the short story, The Dove and the Crow, Zero must pacify her fears before she can move forward despite the danger.
  • In the second episode of Bakabakashi Inbo BanBan, Dr. van der Meyer fails to pacify an angry MouseRINCTS, who is overrunning his laboratory and threatening to kill him.

From Around the Web:

  • “Pacify” is a song by Asheville, North Caroline based apocalypse pop musician Jackson Scott.
  • Pacify is a network of nurses, dietitians, and lactation consultants dedicated to delivering on-demand parenting and pediatric advice.

Things to Do:

  • Use the word pacify in a conversation with someone today.
  • Use the word pacify correctly in a sentence.
  • Create, describe, portray, or otherwise demonstrate what it means for someone or something to pacify a person, conflict, or situation. Any medium or style is welcome! However, for our prose writers, setting a goal between 500 and 1500 words would probably be about right.
  • Should you attempt to pacify a situation that does not directly involve you? Why or why not? Tell us what you think in the comments below.


(Image Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

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