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.

QUIZZES

IS YOUR DESERT PLANT KNOWLEDGE SUCCULENT OR DRIED UP?

Cactus aficionados, don't get left in the dust with this quiz on desert plants. Find out if you have the knowledge to survive this prickly foray into the desert!
Question 1 of 7
This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?

Origin of propitiate

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

synonym study for propitiate

See appease.

OTHER WORDS FROM propitiate

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for propitiate

  • Holton, recovering himself quickly, spoke calmly, propitiatingly.

    In Old Kentucky|Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • Mister Wull, Jehoshaphat asked, propitiatingly, wont you be put ashore?

    Every Man for Himself|Norman Duncan
  • "Well, he better not get you down on him," said Albert propitiatingly.

    Two on the Trail|Hulbert Footner
  • He even smiled, but not propitiatingly; it was almost patent that the return of his chance superior was welcome.

    Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for propitiate

propitiate
/ (prəˈpɪʃɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate

Derived forms of propitiate

Word Origin for propitiate

C17: from Latin propitiāre to appease, from propitius gracious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012