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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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Examples from the Web for conciliated
Historical Examples
  • Just as rivers might be conciliated by honor and sacrifice, so they could be irritated by disrespect.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • How was the first horse conquered, the first wild-dog tamed and conciliated?


    Znade A. Ragozin
  • "Just don't touch anything, that's all," he conciliated, following her up.

    A Fine Fix R. C. Noll
  • The fact may have conciliated some of our own contemners of "good form."

  • The haughty manners of the Marquis and of Magdalena had conciliated no one.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Every man who could vote, blackguard or gentleman, was to be conciliated, if possible.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Until the final break, her step-father must be humoured, conciliated.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • But I know your scruples; let us see if they can be conciliated.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Those who were hostile he attacked; those who were friendly he conciliated.

  • Haven't the bull-dozers been informed that they will be conciliated, regardless of expense?

British Dictionary definitions for conciliated


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 conciliated



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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