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[pruh-pish-ee-eyt] /prəˈpɪʃ iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), propitiated, propitiating.
to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.
Origin of propitiate
1635-45; < Latin propitiātus, past participle of propitiāre to appease. See propitious, -ate1
Related forms
[pruh-pish-ee-uh-buh l] /prəˈpɪʃ i ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
propitiatingly, adverb
propitiative, adjective
propitiator, noun
nonpropitiable, adjective
nonpropitiative, adjective
unpropitiable, adjective
unpropitiated, adjective
unpropitiating, adjective
unpropitiative, adjective
anger, arouse.
Synonym Study
See appease. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for propitiate
Historical Examples
  • And they being created, propitiate the dwellers of heaven by offerings made to the gods and the names of departed forefathers.

  • Yet the Brahman needed the Sudra, and had to propitiate him in order to use him.

    A Tour of the Missions Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • They were pleading before angry and irresponsible judges, whom it, was their object to soothe and propitiate.

  • “Your God must be hard to propitiate,” said the young Jewess.

    Our Little Lady Emily Sarah Holt
  • Then she told her tale, suppressing carefully all tears, for she was anxious to propitiate the red-haired boy.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • I told him I did, and it was because I did and meant to do so to the last, that I would not stoop to propitiate any of them.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He determined to propitiate exasperated Tamanos with a sacrifice.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • For the rest, I trust to myself to propitiate the kindly and to silence the calumnious.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Percival had not even time to breathe into her ear the "Forgive me" with which he meant to propitiate her.

    Under False Pretences Adeline Sergeant
  • What pathos in that word compared with the fate which it failed to propitiate!

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for propitiate


(transitive) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate
Derived Forms
propitiable, adjective
propitiation, noun
propitiatious, adjective
propitiative, adjective
propitiator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin propitiāre to appease, from propitius gracious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for propitiate

1580s, a back-formation from propritiation and in part from propitiate (adj.), from Latin propitiatus, past participle of propitiare "appease, propitiate" (see propitiation). Related: Propitiated; propitiating; propitiatingly; propitiable (1550s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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