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conciliate

[kuh n-sil-ee-eyt] /kənˈsɪl iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), conciliated, conciliating.
1.
to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over:
to conciliate an angry competitor.
2.
to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
3.
to make compatible; reconcile.
verb (used without object), conciliated, conciliating.
4.
to become agreeable or reconciled:
Efforts to conciliate in the dispute proved fruitless.
Origin of conciliate
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin conciliātus (past participle of conciliāre to bring together, unite, equivalent to concili(um) council + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
conciliable
[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-buh l] /kənˈsɪl i ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
conciliatingly, adverb
conciliation, noun
nonconciliating, adjective
proconciliation, adjective
unconciliable, adjective
unconciliated, adjective
unconciliating, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See appease.
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Examples from the Web for conciliating
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  • 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

conciliate

/kənˈsɪlɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to overcome the hostility of; placate; win over
2.
to win or gain (favour, regard, etc), esp by making friendly overtures
3.
(archaic) to make compatible; reconcile
Derived Forms
conciliable, adjective
conciliator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conciliāre to bring together, from conciliumcouncil
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Word Origin and History for conciliating

conciliate

v.

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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