verb (used with object), pro·pi·ti·at·ed, pro·pi·ti·at·ing.

to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.

Origin of propitiate

1635–45; < Latin propitiātus, past participle of propitiāre to appease. See propitious, -ate1
Related formspro·pi·ti·a·ble [pruh-pish-ee-uh-buhl] /prəˈpɪʃ i ə bəl/, adjectivepro·pi·ti·at·ing·ly, adverbpro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjectivepro·pi·ti·a·tor, nounnon·pro·pi·ti·a·ble, adjectivenon·pro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjectiveun·pro·pi·ti·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·pi·ti·at·ed, adjectiveun·pro·pi·ti·at·ing, adjectiveun·pro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjective

Synonym study

See appease.

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

Examples from the Web for propitiate

Historical Examples of propitiate

  • I told him I did, and it was because I did and meant to do so to the last, that I would not stoop to propitiate any of them.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Not in a spirit of contrition, in a way to propitiate his scandalised fellow-citizens.

  • She tried to propitiate the General after her usual manner towards him.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • If 'Tildy thought to propitiate Uncle Remus, she was mistaken.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • Yet the Brahman needed the Sudra, and had to propitiate him in order to use him.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong

British Dictionary definitions for propitiate



(tr) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate
Derived Formspropitiable, adjectivepropitiation, nounpropitiatious, adjectivepropitiative, adjectivepropitiator, noun

Word Origin for propitiate

C17: from Latin propitiāre to appease, from propitius gracious
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Word Origin and History 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).

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