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Sunday, June 23

Placate

[plā-ˌkāt]

Part of speech: verb

1.

To soothe or set at ease another person

2.

To offer a concession or appeasement that meets a demand

Examples of Placate in a sentence

"Trying to placate a screaming toddler involves a lot of bribes, usually in the form of sweets."

"In an attempt to placate the foreign diplomat, the President offered reduced tariffs on imports from his country."

About Placate

Looking to placate an acquaintance who always seems to be getting angry? Psychologists say that staying calm yourself can have a major impact. People tend to subconsciously match the tone, posture and emotional vibe of those around them — even someone they are angry with.

Did you Know?

The word please is actually a relative of placate — they both trace their roots to the same Latin word.

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