Origin of propitiation
Examples from the Web for propitiation
There are many proofs of His love, but the crowning act of all is propitiation.Multiplied Blessings|Edward Hoare
He was the propitiation, as the slain victim; but, in virtue of that, He is now become the flesh of the peace-offering.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Leviticus|S H Kellogg
The propitiation required antecedently to a revelation was indeed offered.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews|Thomas Charles Edwards
The girl's father demanded the boy's blood as propitiation for the wrong.Oriental Women|Edward Bagby Pollard
This was not only a recognition of Pinney's worth in being so fond of his wife, but a vague attempt at propitiation.The Quality of Mercy|W. D. Howells
Word Origin and History for propitiation
late 14c., from Late Latin propitiationem (nominative propitiatio) "an atonement," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin propitiare "appease, propitiate," from propitius "favorable, gracious, kind, well-disposed," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + stem related to petere "to make for, go to; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request" (see petition (n.)).
The sense in Latin is perhaps because the word originally was religious, literally "a falling or rushing toward," hence "eager," and, of the gods, "well-disposed." Earliest recorded form of the word in English is propitiatorium "the mercy seat, place of atonement" (c.1200), translating Greek hilasterion.