- to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over: to conciliate an angry competitor.
- to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
- to make compatible; reconcile.
- to become agreeable or reconciled: Efforts to conciliate in the dispute proved fruitless.
Origin of conciliate
Examples from the Web for conciliate
Historical Examples of conciliate
As long as a majority was prepared, it was wasting money to conciliate any body else.
Elkanah was unable to conciliate Peninnah, or to sooth Hannah.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
If they had known about us, you might have felt yourself called upon to conciliate them.Little Dorrit
Wait till you see Augustus, and I am sure he will conciliate your affections.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
His manner, where he wished to conciliate, was pleasing; but to me it was overbearing and unpleasant.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- to overcome the hostility of; placate; win over
- to win or gain (favour, regard, etc), esp by making friendly overtures
- archaic to make compatible; reconcile
Word Origin for conciliate
1540s, from Latin conciliatus, past participle of conciliare "to bring together, unite in feelings, make friendly," from concilium "council" (see council). Related: Conciliated; conciliating.