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[kuh n-sil-ee-eyt] /kənˈsɪl iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), conciliated, conciliating.
to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over:
to conciliate an angry competitor.
to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
to make compatible; reconcile.
verb (used without object), conciliated, conciliating.
to become agreeable or reconciled:
Efforts to conciliate in the dispute proved fruitless.
Origin of conciliate
1540-50; < Latin conciliātus (past participle of conciliāre to bring together, unite, equivalent to concili(um) council + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-buh l] /kənˈsɪl i ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
conciliatingly, adverb
conciliation, noun
nonconciliating, adjective
proconciliation, adjective
unconciliable, adjective
unconciliated, adjective
unconciliating, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See appease. Unabridged
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  • I have already mentioned in the rules for the exordium how the accuser might conciliate the judges.

  • Henri Verbier was manifestly anxious to conciliate the young cashier.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • She had every reason to conciliate her, and was greatly distressed to hear that her services would no longer be required.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • He changed his tone, and attempted to soothe and conciliate the minds of his men.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • As stated above, we took pains to conciliate him and soothe his hurt feelings.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
  • Robespierre did nothing to conciliate the members, and had not the majority.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • His policy now was to conciliate the people instead of oppressing them.

  • It is important as showing that Raleigh was eager to conciliate James.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • Vathek, to conciliate the Spirits of the subterranean palace, resolved that his expedition should be uncommonly splendid.

  • Trying to conciliate him, I was free with the ale, and again overdid it.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for conciliate


verb (transitive)
to overcome the hostility of; placate; win over
to win or gain (favour, regard, etc), esp by making friendly overtures
(archaic) to make compatible; reconcile
Derived Forms
conciliable, adjective
conciliator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conciliāre to bring together, from conciliumcouncil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for conciliate

1540s, from Latin conciliatus, past participle of conciliare "to bring together, unite in feelings, make friendly," from concilium "council" (see council). Related: Conciliated; conciliating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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