One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Intended to make someone less angry or hostile; conciliatory.‘his hands held in a placatory gesture’
propitiatory, appeasing, pacifying, pacific, mollifying, so as to pour oil on troubled waters, peacemaking, reconciliatoryView synonyms
- ‘The stereotype of battered wives as fragile, passive, placatory and docile does not do justice to their actual role in marriage relationships.’
- ‘What would once have been regarded as an acceptable gift has now become a placatory toy, so it's necessary to compete if you want the child to recognise this is a gift with special intentions.’
- ‘Well, they are putting a brave, even placatory face on it but there is no question that should its on-line services arrive in York and be of great size it will have serious consequences for conveyancing practices.’
- ‘I made a telephone call on September 27 to report the problem again which elicited placatory words and promises of action; the light was repaired that day.’
- ‘He's said nice, placatory things, and he's kept the peace, but we need more than that to drive the country forward.’
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