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verb (used with object), pro路pi路ti路at路ed, pro路pi路ti路at路ing.
to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.
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Origin of propitiate

1635鈥45; <Latin propiti膩tus, past participle of propiti膩re to appease. See propitious, -ate1

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See appease.


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What does聽propitiate mean?

Propitiate means to gain the favor of or make things right with someone, especially after having done something wrong.

The noun form of propitiate is propitiation. Close synonyms of propitiate are conciliate and appease. Propitiate is commonly used in a religious context. It鈥檚 especially used in Christianity to refer to the act of propitiation that Christians believe Jesus made to atone for sin鈥攐r to the atonement that Christians believe they should make to God.

Example: To gain redemption, we must do our best to propitiate鈥攖o earn the favor we have lost.

Where does聽propitiate come from?

The first records of propitiate come from the 1500s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb propiti膩re, meaning 鈥渢o appease,鈥 from the Latin propitius, 鈥済racious.鈥

Propitiate is commonly used in situations in which a person has done something wrong and wants to regain someone鈥檚 favor. It鈥檚 more than offering an apology. It may involve an apology, but propitiating typically involves doing something to earn forgiveness or redemption. For example, to propitiate a neighbor for breaking their window, a child might offer to mow the neighbor鈥檚 lawn for three months. But the word isn鈥檛 often applied so informally. Most commonly, it鈥檚 used in a religious way. The noun form propitiation is especially used in reference to Jesus. Another sense of propitiation refers not to the act of atonement but to the thing that atones, and the word appears in some translations of the Bible to refer to Jesus as a living propitiation for sin.

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What are some other forms related to propitiate?

  • propitiation (noun)
  • propitiable (adjective)
  • propitiatingly (adverb)
  • propitiative (adjective)
  • propitiator (noun)
  • propitiatious (adjective)

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How is聽propitiate used in real life?

Propitiate is typically used formally and most often in a religious context.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of propitiate?

A. conciliate
B. forgive
C. appease
D. atone

How to use propitiate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for propitiate

/ (pr蓹藞p瑟蕛瑟藢e瑟t) /

(tr) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate

Derived forms of propitiate

Word Origin for propitiate

C17: from Latin propiti膩re to appease, from propitius gracious
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