From Latin placatio.



placation (countable and uncountable, plural placations)

  1. A process or act of placating; appeasement or an expression of appeasement.
    • 1888, "Manners and meals," Science, vol. 12, no. 283, p. 3:
      The refusal, at certain times and seasons, of food that in itself is hygienically good and palatable, in placation of a deity, or, without further explanation, to avoid bad luck, is well known among the lower tribes of men.
    • 1917 April, Jack London, chapter VII, in Jerry of the Islands, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, OCLC 775437, page 100:
      Instead, Jerry [a dog] was all placation and appeal, all softness of pleading in a body denied speech that nevertheless was articulate, from wagging tail and wriggling sides to flat-laid ears and eyes that almost spoke, to any human sensitive of understanding.
    • 2006, Dan DeWalt, "Impeachment is too important to leave to the Democrats,", 14 May (retrieved 8 Aug. 2009):
      While these political sellout artists have been intoning their mind numbing placations, citizens across the nation have been speaking and acting.

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