Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To conciliate (an offended power); appease: propitiate the gods with a sacrifice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To conciliate, appease or make peace with someone, particularly a god or spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make propitiation; to atone.
  • transitive v. To appease to render favorable; to make propitious; to conciliate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To appease and render favorable; make propitious; conciliate.
  • To make propitiation or atonement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make peace with

Etymologies

Latin propitiāre, propitiāt-, from propitius, propitious; see propitious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin prōpitiāre ("make favourable"), from prōpitius ("favourable, gracious"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "I don't know what 'propitiate' means," I said, sighing.

    Daisy

  • Him Von Schmidt desired to please and propitiate because from him could be obtained the

    Chapter 44

  • Bond markets, those invisible deities that debt reduction is designed to propitiate, could never be confident that debt triggers will actually reduce government debt.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Trigger Happy

  • Details of the ritual are sketchy, but it is believed that Brown intends to cast some of his followers out of the cult, and to elevate preferred acolytes, in an attempt to propitiate their god, Gallup-Mori.

    Horror in Browntown

  • However, to propitiate the Hungry Folk, he made one of them leader of the ship expedition.

    THE SUNLANDERS

  • Why don't the Na'vi feel the natural need to propitiate their gods -- on whose whims their lives constantly depend -- so nature doesn't get out of control?

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  • So he tried to propitiate Job in all manner of ways.

    Mary Barton

  • Thus, Clay sought—as the Union instantly recognized—“to propitiate the abolitionists of the north and some of the Proviso men of New York.”

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Therefore, it is totally inappropriate for the great monasteries of the Gelug tradition, the Upper and Lower Tantric Monasteries and all other affiliated monasteries which are national institutions ever to propitiate Dolgyal.

    Kashag's Statement Concerning Dholgyal

  • Some of you feel that your business and ability to earn a living do better if you propitiate

    Kashag's Statement Concerning Dholgyal

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