fac-, facil-, fact-, feas-, -feat, -fect, -feit, -facient, -faction, -fic-, -fy, -ficate, -fication
(Latin: to make, to do, to build, to cause, to produce; forming, shaping)
2. Gentle and peaceful by nature; mild; dovelike: Catherine always loved to take walks in the forest where she could hear the pacific and soothing chirping of the birds.
3. Unaggressive; avoiding the use of force: Clive was a pacifist, opposed the use of force, and was considered by his friends and family to be very pacific.
4. Relating to the Pacific Ocean, or to the territories that surround it or are surrounded by it: The Pacific Ocean, that is the "Peaceful Ocean", was named by Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) because it seemed so calm after the storms of Cape Horn.
2. The act of appeasing someone or causing someone to be more favorably inclined to cooperate or participate in a peaceful action.
3. The procedure of making people calm when they are angry or upset.
2. Having ended a war, fighting, or violence in; established peace in: "After a few years, the pacified countries were able to work together for their mutual benefits."
3. Caused to be more favorably inclined: "The pacified customer was calmer after he received a full refund."
2. A rubber or plastic nipple or teething ring for a baby to suck or to chew on.
3. Someone who tries to bring peace.
This artificial nipple, usually made of plastic, is used so an infant can gain some solace and quiet down. A pacifier is called by other names in other countries including a "dummy" in the U.K.
2. The refusal to take up arms or participate in war because of moral or religious beliefs.
3. The belief that international conflicts should be settled by negotiation rather than war.
4. Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes.
2. The belief that disputes between nations should and can be settled peacefully. 3. Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes; such opposition is demonstrated by refusal to participate in military action.
Pacifists have not always been treated with sympathy or understanding. Refusing to fight ever for any reason, or even just in a pasrticular situation when the reasokns for fighting seem clear to many others, calls for strong faith in one's own moral or religious convictions; since it has often resuklted in persecuktion by those who disagree.
The Quakers and the Jehovah's Witnesses are well-known pacifist religious groups; Henry D. Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. are probably the most famous American pacifists.
2. To subdue by armed action; reducing to a state of submission; especially, by military force; subduing.
3. To fight violence and to make efforts to establish peace in an area.
4. Bringing or restoring to a state of peace or tranquility; encouraging quiet; making calm: "She made every effort at pacifying the angry man."
5. Appeasing; such as, pacifying one's appetite.
Unhappy babies are often given a rubber device for sucking called a pacifier to stop their crying. In the same way, someone stirred up by anger or some other strong emotion can usually be pacified by resolving or removing its causes.
In a usage that refers to a military combat area, it means using armed forces to neutralize the enemy there and to quiet the local people who may have been supporting them.