propitiate

[ pruh-pish-ee-eyt ]
/ prəˈpɪʃ iˌeɪt /

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 forms

Synonym study

See appease.
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propitiate

/ (prəˈpɪʃɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate
Derived Forms

Word Origin for propitiate

C17: from Latin propitiāre to appease, from propitius gracious
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Word Origin and History for propitiate

propitiate


v.

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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