Synonyms of pacify
1 calm (down) • Is this just something to pacify the critics?
appease • The offer has not appeased separatists.
placate • He smiled, and made a gesture intended to placate me.
still • Her crying slowly stilled.
moderate • They are hoping that he will be persuaded to moderate his views.
soften • He could not think how to soften the blow of what he had to tell her.
soothe • He would take her in his arms and soothe her.
allay • He did what he could to allay his wife's fears.
assuage • The meat they'd managed to procure assuaged their hunger.
make peace with
mollify • The investigation was undertaken to mollify pressure groups.
conciliate • His duty was to conciliate the people, not to provoke them.
propitiate • These ancient ceremonies propitiate the spirits of the waters.
tranquillize • The powerful drug is used to tranquillize patients.
smooth someone's ruffled feathers
clear the air with
restore harmony to
2 quellDictionary • Government forces have found it difficult to pacify the rebels.
quell • Troops eventually quelled the unrest.
silence • The shock silenced him completely.
crush • The military operation was the first step in a plan to crush the uprising.
tame • Two regiments were called out to tame the crowds.
subdue • They admit they have not been able to subdue the rebels.
repress • They have been repressed for decades.
chasten • He has clearly not been chastened by his punishment.
impose peace upon
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allayIf you allay someone's fears or doubts, you stop them feeling afraid or doubtful.
• He did what he could to allay his wife's fears.
appeaseIf you try to appease someone, you try to stop them from being angry by giving them what they want.
• The offer has not appeased separatists.
assuageIf you assuage a need or desire for something, you satisfy it.
• The meat they'd managed to procure assuaged their hunger.
Thesaurus for pacify from the Collins English Thesaurus