In Smith's theory there is confusion between the two ideas of communion and expiation or placation.
This was no religious rite, no placation of the brutish jungle gods.
"I know what you mean, Lou," he said, with an affectionate attempt at placation.
There was such a twang of temper in his voice that Crofts heard at once, and made a quick effort at placation.
There is not a word of proof of the view that the placation of the deity was due to his assimilation of kindred flesh and blood.
For the placation of Bildad Rose there was news of a stable, not ruined beyond service, with hay in a loft, near the house.
1580s, from French placation (16c.), from Latin placationem (nominative placatio) "an appeasing, pacifying, quieting," noun of action from past participle stem of placare (see placate).
1670s, a back-formation from placation or else from Latin placatus "soothed, quiet, gentle, calm, peaceful," past participle of placare "to calm, appease, quiet, soothe, assuage," related to placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly.