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pacify

pac·i·fy

pacify

 
 
pronunciation:
pae sih faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: pacified, pacifies, pacifying
definition: to calm or bring back peace of mind to.
The speaker pacified the angry crowd.Talking about the problem pacified her.
synonyms:
calm, soothe
antonyms:
anger, antagonize, arouse, irritate
similar words:
appease, comfort, ease, lull, relax, relieve
derivation: pacifiable (adj.)
Word Parts
The word pacify contains the following parts:
pac Latin root that means peace
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antonyms:
bell, belli
 
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify , Frenchify ) or noun (citify , zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy , putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.