American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or offered in propitiation; conciliatory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power to make propitious; effecting or intended to effect propitiation: as, a propitiatory sacrifice.
- n. In Jewish antiquity, the mercy-seat; the lid or cover of the ark of the covenant, lined within and without with plates of gold.
- n. A propitiation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the power to make propitious; pertaining to, or employed in, propitiation; expiatory.
- n. (Jewish Antiq.) The mercy seat; -- so called because a symbol of the propitiated Jehovah.
- adj. having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation
- adj. intended to reconcile or appease
“The tabernacle of the covenant, and the ark of the testimony, and the propitiatory, that is over it, and all the vessels of the tabernacle,”
“He made also the propitiatory, that is, the oracle, of the purest gold, two cubits and a half in length, and a cubit and a half in breadth.”
“And when Moses entered into the tabernacle of the covenant, to consult the oracle, he heard the voice of one speaking to him from the propitiatory, that is over the ark between the two cherubims, and from this place he spoke to him.”
“A propitiatory ... a covering for the ark: called a propitiatory, or mercy seat, because the Lord, who was supposed to sit there upon the wings of the cherubims, with the ark for his footstool, from thence shewed mercy.”
“This may be called the propitiatory use, analogous in print to the tentative air with which, in conversation, the Englishman not sure of his pronunciation offers a French word.”
“Besides temples to deities presiding over industries and agriculture, -- or deities especially invoked by the peasants, such as the goddess of silkworms,  the goddess of rice, the gods of wind and weather, -- there are to be found in almost every part of the country what I may call propitiatory temples.”
“Hence the Lord's Supper is called a propitiatory sacrifice, not properly or really, but figuratively; because it is a memorial of that propitiatory sacrifice which Christ offered upon the cross.”
“First, The mercy-seat, which was the covering of the ark; it was called the propitiatory, and it was of pure gold, as long and as broad as the ark in which the tables of the law were laid.”
“I hope that by using it, as a kind of propitiatory symbol, he may meet with merciful consideration.”
“But at Rome, though the earliest traces and traditions of law show a certain consecration of morality, inasmuch as the criminal is made over as a kind of propitiatory sacrifice to the deity whom he has offended, yet in the ordinary course of life, so far as I can discern, the individual was left very much where he was, before the State arose, in his relation to the Divine.”
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