[rek-uh n-sil-ee-ey-shuh n]
- an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce.
- the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired.
- the process of making consistent or compatible.
Origin of reconciliation
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- RC Church a sacrament in which repentant sinners are absolved and gain reconciliation with God and the Church, on condition of confession of their sins to a priest and of performing a penance
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mid-14c., from Old French reconciliacion (14c.) and directly from Latin reconciliationem (nominative reconciliatio) "a re-establishing, a reconciling," noun of action from past participle stem of reconciliare (see reconcile).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper