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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 conciliating
Historical Examples
  • Your notion of conciliating them is to start getting ready to fight them!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Old Man Curry's tone was apologetic and conciliating in the extreme.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • His demeanor changed; from conciliating it was of a sudden transformed to indignant.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • However, he checked the impulse and spoke in a conciliating tone.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • I assured him of the truth of his observation in a most conciliating tone.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • How certain is one of conciliating the world's good opinion by belonging to it!

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • The expectation that he would be able to speak the conciliating word was paling.

  • I must say the man could be most conciliating when he chose.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • "That's right," assented one of the others, in a conciliating tone.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • More than ever the need for conciliating the professor was borne in upon me.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for conciliating


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 conciliating



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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