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conciliate

[kuh n-sil-ee-eyt]
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verb (used with object), con·cil·i·at·ed, con·cil·i·at·ing.
  1. to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over: to conciliate an angry competitor.
  2. to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
  3. to make compatible; reconcile.
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verb (used without object), con·cil·i·at·ed, con·cil·i·at·ing.
  1. to become agreeable or reconciled: Efforts to conciliate in the dispute proved fruitless.
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Origin of conciliate

1540–50; < Latin conciliātus (past participle of conciliāre to bring together, unite, equivalent to concili(um) council + -ātus -ate1
Related formscon·cil·i·a·ble [kuh n-sil-ee-uh-buh l] /kənˈsɪl i ə bəl/, adjectivecon·cil·i·at·ing·ly, adverbcon·cil·i·a·tion, nounnon·con·cil·i·at·ing, adjectivepro·con·cil·i·a·tion, adjectiveun·con·cil·i·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·cil·i·at·ed, adjectiveun·con·cil·i·at·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See appease.
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Examples from the Web for conciliated

Historical Examples

  • Just as rivers might be conciliated by honor and sacrifice, so they could be irritated by disrespect.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • How was the first horse conquered, the first wild-dog tamed and conciliated?

    Chaldea

    Znade A. Ragozin

  • "Just don't touch anything, that's all," he conciliated, following her up.

    A Fine Fix

    R. C. Noll

  • The fact may have conciliated some of our own contemners of "good form."

  • The haughty manners of the Marquis and of Magdalena had conciliated no one.


British Dictionary definitions for conciliated

conciliate

verb (tr)
  1. to overcome the hostility of; placate; win over
  2. to win or gain (favour, regard, etc), esp by making friendly overtures
  3. archaic to make compatible; reconcile
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Derived Formsconciliable, adjectiveconciliator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin conciliāre to bring together, from concilium council
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Word Origin and History for conciliated

conciliate

v.

1540s, from Latin conciliatus, past participle of conciliare "to bring together, unite in feelings, make friendly," from concilium "council" (see council). Related: Conciliated; conciliating.

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