Word of the week: placate


Origin: Latin

IPA Pronunciation: /pləˈkeɪt,ˈplakeɪt,ˈpleɪkeɪt/


  • make someone less angry or hostile.


  1. The angry customer was not placated by the clerk’s apology.
  2. The administration placated protesters by agreeing to consider their demands.
  3. Hazel held up her hand in a placating gesture.
  4. they attempted to placate the students with promises.


appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, mollify, pacify, disarm.

Rhymes with Placate: 

liquidate, rotate, locate, migrate, vacate.

Did You Know?

The earliest documented uses of “placate” in English date from the late 17th century. The word is derived from Latin placatus, the past participle of “placare,” and even after more than 300 years in English, it still carries the basic meaning of its Latin ancestor: to soothe or “to appease.” Other “placare” descendants in English are “implacable” (meaning “not easily soothed or satisfied”) and “placation” (“the act of soothing or appeasing”). Even “please” itself, derived from Latin placēre (“to please”), is a distant relative of “placate.”




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