- serving or intended to propitiate.
- making propitiation; conciliatory.
Origin of propitiatory
Examples from the Web for propitiatory
You see I have not forgotten the custom to bring some propitiatory sacrifice.The Elm Tree Tales
F. Irene Burge Smith
Like many a man before him and after, Smith casts about for a propitiatory wonder.Pioneers of the Old South
"I bought a book," he said, handing her the propitiatory volume.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
They are used by the Nambūtiri in propitiatory ceremonies to that god.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
He spoke in his most propitiatory tones, but the committee was still stirred.The Candidate
Joseph Alexander Altsheler
- designed or intended to propitiate; conciliatory; expiatory
- the mercy seat
Word Origin and History for propitiatory
c.1300 (n.) "the mercy seat," from Late Latin propitiatorium (translating Greek hilasterion in Bible); noun use of neuter singular of propitiatorius "atoning, reconciling," from propitiatus, past participle of propitiare (see propitiation). As an adjective in English from 1550s.