- 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
Word Origin and History 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.