[ pruh-pish-ee-eyt ]
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verb (used with object),pro·pi·ti·at·ed, pro·pi·ti·at·ing.
  1. to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.

Origin of propitiate

1635–45; <Latin propitiātus, past participle of propitiāre to appease. See propitious, -ate1

synonym study For propitiate

See appease.

Opposites for propitiate

Other words from propitiate

  • pro·pi·ti·a·ble [pruh-pish-ee-uh-buhl], /prəˈpɪʃ i ə bəl/, adjective
  • pro·pi·ti·at·ing·ly, adverb
  • pro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjective
  • pro·pi·ti·a·tor, noun
  • non·pro·pi·ti·a·ble, adjective
  • non·pro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjective
  • un·pro·pi·ti·a·ble, adjective
  • un·pro·pi·ti·at·ed, adjective
  • un·pro·pi·ti·at·ing, adjective
  • un·pro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjective

Words Nearby propitiate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use propitiate in a sentence

  • Before he was reinstated, the Anderson School’s Faculty Executive Committee tried to propitiate the mob by announcing itself “saddened” by Klein’s “troubling conduct.”

  • Presently it struck him that he had better do something to propitiate a man who could send him to encounter such a fate.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • The oldest of all the rites of the ancient pagans was in the form of sacrifice, to propitiate the deity.

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

    Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan
  • To propitiate them, presents are made—the last things that can well be parted with.

    The Land of Fire | Mayne Reid
  • Her box was a present from Makaraig, who had already got on good terms with her in order to propitiate Don Custodio.

    The Reign of Greed | Jose Rizal

British Dictionary definitions for propitiate


/ (prəˈpɪʃɪˌeɪt) /

  1. (tr) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate

Origin of propitiate

C17: from Latin propitiāre to appease, from propitius gracious

Derived forms of propitiate

  • propitiable, adjective
  • propitiation, noun
  • propitiatious, adjective
  • propitiative, adjective
  • propitiator, noun

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