verb (used with object), pac·i·fied, pac·i·fy·ing.
- to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm: to pacify an angry man.
- to appease: to pacify one’s appetite.
- to reduce to a state of submission, especially by military force; subdue.
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
- to calm the anger or agitation of; mollify
- to restore to peace or order, esp by the threat or use of force
v.late 15c., “appease, allay the anger of (someone),” from Middle French pacifier “make peace,” from Latin pacificare “to make peace; pacify,” from pacificus (see pacific). Of countries or regions, “to bring to a condition of calm,” c.1500, from the start with suggestions of submission and terrorization. Related: Pacified; pacifying.