[ 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

ANTONYMS FOR propitiate


synonym study for propitiate

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

Examples from the Web for propitiatingly

  • 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 propitiatingly

/ (prəˈpɪʃɪˌeɪt) /


(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
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