- to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.
Origin of propitiate
Examples from the Web for 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
Not in a spirit of contrition, in a way to propitiate his scandalised fellow-citizens.'Twixt Land & Sea
She tried to propitiate the General after her usual manner towards him.Mary Gray
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
- (tr) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate
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).