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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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Historical Examples
  • "Well, he better not get you down on him," said Albert propitiatingly.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
  • Mister Wull, Jehoshaphat asked, propitiatingly, wont you be put ashore?

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
  • He even smiled, but not propitiatingly; it was almost patent that the return of his chance superior was welcome.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • Holton, recovering himself quickly, spoke calmly, propitiatingly.

    In Old Kentucky

    Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
British Dictionary definitions for propitiatingly


(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
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Word Origin and History for propitiatingly



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).

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