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

  • adj. Of or offered in propitiation; conciliatory.

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  • adj. intended to propitiate, reconcile, expiate or appease; conciliatory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power to make propitious; pertaining to, or employed in, propitiation; expiatory.
  • n. The mercy seat; -- so called because a symbol of the propitiated Jehovah.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation
  • adj. intended to reconcile or appease


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  • 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,

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • 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.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • 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.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 04: Numbers The Challoner Revision

  • 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.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 02: Exodus The Challoner Revision

  • 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.

    Quotation Marks.

  • Besides temples to deities presiding over industries and agriculture, -- or deities especially invoked by the peasants, such as the goddess of silkworms, [128] 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.

    Japan: an Attempt at Interpretation

  • 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.

    The Practice of Piety: Directing a Christian How to Walk, that He May Please God.

  • 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.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • I hope that by using it, as a kind of propitiatory symbol, he may meet with merciful consideration.

    NPNF2-08. Basil: Letters and Select Works

  • 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.

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus


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