[kuh n-sil-ee-eyt]

verb (used with object), con·cil·i·at·ed, con·cil·i·at·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), con·cil·i·at·ed, con·cil·i·at·ing.

to become agreeable or reconciled: Efforts to conciliate in the dispute proved fruitless.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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


verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsconciliable, adjectiveconciliator, noun

Word Origin for conciliate

C16: from Latin conciliāre to bring together, from concilium council
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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.

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