- to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.
Origin of propitiate
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Examples from the Web for propitiator
When the nation was rent in twain, Lincoln, the propitiator, counselled conciliation.
- (tr) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate
C17: from Latin propitiāre to appease, from propitius gracious
Word Origin and History for propitiator
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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