- 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
Related Words for conciliationappeasement, rapprochement, resolution, reunion, propitiation, placation, reconcilement
Examples from the Web for conciliation
Contemporary Examples of conciliation
As I write, Morsi has only hours to meet the military deadline, but he shows no signs of conciliation.The Mexican Standoff in Egypt
July 3, 2013
But conciliation is constitutionally anathema to such fanatics.Morsi-less: Are Egyptians Done with the Muslim Brothers?
July 1, 2013
An inaugural moment in history steeped in a new language of Hope and Change and Conciliation.Will a Tougher Obama Be Better?
January 22, 2013
Both nations are balancing threats with offers of conciliation.Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now
February 18, 2012
Any sign of an impulse toward moderation or conciliation will only hurt Pawlenty with this crowd.Can Pawlenty Survive the 'Pledge'?
July 14, 2011
Historical Examples of conciliation
Major Dugas' policy of conciliation had won personal regard.The Hunted Outlaw
And in pursuance of the policy of conciliation, Andronicus II.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
Conciliation was tried, but every effort in that direction failed.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
An attitude of moderation and conciliation befits every candid person.
Let us not be misled by any sophisms about conciliation and compromise.The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V
James Russell Lowell
- the act or process of conciliating
- a method of helping the parties in a dispute to reach agreement, esp divorcing or separating couples to part amicably
- 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 conciliation
1540s, from Middle French conciliation, from Latin conciliationem (nominative conciliatio) "a connection, union, bond," figuratively "a making friendly, gaining over," noun of action from past participle stem of conciliare (see 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.