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propitiation

[pruh-pish-ee-ey-shuh n] /prəˌpɪʃ iˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of propitiating; conciliation:
the propitiation of the wrathful gods.
2.
something that propitiates.
Origin of propitiation
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English propiciacioun < Late Latin propitiātiōn- (stem of propitiātiō) appeasement. See propitiate, -ion
Related forms
nonpropitiation, noun
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n.

late 14c., from Late Latin propitiationem (nominative propitiatio) "an atonement," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin propitiare "appease, propitiate," from propitius "favorable, gracious, kind, well-disposed," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + stem related to petere "to make for, go to; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request" (see petition (n.)).

The sense in Latin is perhaps because the word originally was religious, literally "a falling or rushing toward," hence "eager," and, of the gods, "well-disposed." Earliest recorded form of the word in English is propitiatorium "the mercy seat, place of atonement" (c.1200), translating Greek hilasterion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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