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[rek-uh n-sil-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk ənˌsɪl iˈeɪ ʃən/
an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce.
the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired.
the process of making consistent or compatible.
Origin of reconciliation
1300-50; Middle English reconsiliacion < Latin reconciliātiōn- (stem of reconciliātiō), equivalent to reconciliāt(us) (see reconcile, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonreconciliation, noun
prereconciliation, noun
proreconciliation, adjective Unabridged
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  • A formal ceremony preliminary to the reconciliation of two enemies.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • When I succeeded with any of them, they were sure to come after an hour or two, and begin a reconciliation.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I do not care to set myself to the reconciliation of the differing reports.

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • She will be convinced that there is no expectation to be had of a reconciliation.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • At present, if ever, there can be no thought of reconciliation.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for reconciliation


(RC Church) a sacrament in which repentant sinners are absolved and gain reconciliation with God and the Church, on condition of confession of their sins to a priest and of performing a penance
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Word Origin and History for reconciliation

mid-14c., from Old French reconciliacion (14c.) and directly from Latin reconciliationem (nominative reconciliatio) "a re-establishing, a reconciling," noun of action from past participle stem of reconciliare (see reconcile).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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