One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who or thing which pacificates someone or something; a peacemaker; a thing that soothes or subdues.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cromwell (d. 1540), royal minister. From classical Latin pācificātor peacemaker, pacifier from pācificāt-, past participial stem of pācificāre + -or. Compare Middle French, French pacificateur arbiter, peacemaker.
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