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Definition calm someone who is or may become angry or concerned
  • She's trying to walk a line that will placate both farmers and environmentalists.
placate = calm someone who is or may become angry or concerned
  • The dictator is trying to placate the people by giving them a voice in local government.
  • placate = calm their anger
  • She is a leader who is better at placating the people than at solving the problems.
  • She'd been trying to placate the children and finally calmed them down by allowing them to open their lunchboxes and begin to eat whatever their mothers had fixed them for lunch.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • placate = calm someone who is or may become upset
  • She too had tried to guess what might put her mother at ease, the words that would placate but not be readily detected as fraudulent.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • placate = calm someone who is or may become angry or concerned
  • What kind of excuse would placate her?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • placate = calm someone who is or may become angry or concerned
  • "Bella," Alice said, her voice soothing, placating,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • placating = calming (someone who may be angry)
  • Walter and I take turns muttering placating things about family and forgiveness, but we both have misgivings.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • placating = soothing or calming
  • "There is no broken law," Aro said in a placating voice, but every one of us could hear that a qualification was coming.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • placating = intended to calm others who are upset
  • Olaf held up a placating hand and even put down his knife.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • placating = intended to calm someone who is angry or concerned
  • It was soothing, calming, placating.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • placating = calming (to remove anger or concern)
  • So, whenever you need leaves or wood from a tree in which a Bowtruckle lodges, it is wise to have a gift of woodlice ready to distract or placate it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • placate = calm someone who may become angry
  • After she'd finished eating—and once Jonah had been placated—Ronnie retired to her room.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • placated = calmed
  • Frank wanted to say something to excuse Percy and placate the god, but he didn't know what.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • placate = calm someone who is angry or upset
  • His need for her and his vulnerability to her screamed at him to back off, to placate her while there was still time
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • placate = calm someone who is or may become angry
  • It seemed like he'd spent half his life placating Gramps.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • placating = calming someone who is or may become angry or concerned
  • Long ago, your father gave me your life as a gift to placate my anger.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • placate = calm someone who is angry
  • He never got involved anymore; his job was to placate, to smooth, once it was all over.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • placate = calm someone who is or may become angry or concerned
  • Singer wasn't placated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • placated = calmed from anger or concern
  • Usually, in her growing-up tantrums, this daughter would storm out of the house and come back hours later, placated, the sweetness in her nature reasserted, bearing silly gifts for everyone in the family, refrigerator magnets, little stuffed hairballs with roll-around eyeballs.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
placated = calmed

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