verb (used with object), pro·pi·ti·at·ed, pro·pi·ti·at·ing.
- propionic acid,
Origin of propitiate
Examples from the Web for propitiate
And when those two brothers had arrived there, they began a course of fasting and asceticism to propitiate her.The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
"A cantankerous old woman," I remember he had called her on that occasion, and had made no further effort to propitiate her.Esther|Rosa Nouchette Carey
While, to propitiate intending settlers, he said he had been to Greenland, and so the land got a sunny name.
I was told it was a cholera goddess, and the dancing was to propitiate her and drive cholera out of the village.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah|William G. Burn Murdoch
To propitiate the Medicine, every attention is lavished, and every personal consideration is sacrificed. 'Oregon and Eldorado|Thomas Bulfinch
Word Origin for propitiate
1580s, a back-formation from propritiation and in part from propitiate (adj.), from Latin propitiatus, past participle of propitiare "appease, propitiate" (see propitiation). Related: Propitiated; propitiating; propitiatingly; propitiable (1550s).