Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To gain or regain the goodwill or favor of; appease.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, dated To conciliate, appease or make peace with someone, particularly a god or spirit.

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

  • verb make peace with

Etymologies

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

[Latin propitiāre, propitiāt-, from propitius, propitious; see propitious.]

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Latin prōpitiāre ("make favourable"), from prōpitius ("favourable, gracious").

Examples

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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