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propitiate

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

1635–45; < Latin propitiātus, past participle of propitiāre to appease. See propitious, -ate1
Related formspro·pi·ti·a·ble [pruh-pish-ee-uh-buhl] /prəˈpɪʃ i ə bəl/, adjectivepro·pi·ti·at·ing·ly, adverbpro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjectivepro·pi·ti·a·tor, nounnon·pro·pi·ti·a·ble, adjectivenon·pro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjectiveun·pro·pi·ti·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·pi·ti·at·ed, adjectiveun·pro·pi·ti·at·ing, adjectiveun·pro·pi·ti·a·tive, adjective

Synonym study

See appease.

Antonyms

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Historical Examples

  • When the nation was rent in twain, Lincoln, the propitiator, counselled conciliation.

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British Dictionary definitions for propitiator

propitiate

verb
  1. (tr) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate
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Derived Formspropitiable, adjectivepropitiation, nounpropitiatious, adjectivepropitiative, adjectivepropitiator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin propitiāre to appease, from propitius gracious
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Word Origin and History for propitiator

propitiate

v.

1580s, a back-formation from propritiation and in part from propitiate (adj.), from Latin propitiatus, past participle of propitiare "appease, propitiate" (see propitiation). Related: Propitiated; propitiating; propitiatingly; propitiable (1550s).

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