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propitiatory

[ pruh-pish-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]

adjective

  1. serving or intended to propitiate.
  2. making propitiation; conciliatory.


propitiatory

/ prəˈpɪʃɪətərɪ /

adjective

  1. designed or intended to propitiate; conciliatory; expiatory


noun

  1. the mercy seat
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Derived Forms

  • proˈpitiatorily, adverb
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Other Words From

  • pro·piti·a·tori·ly adverb
  • unpro·piti·a·tory adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of propitiatory1

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English propiciatori the mercy seat < Late Latin propitiātōrium ( propitiate, -tory 2 ); (adj.) < Late Latin propitiātōrius ( -tory 1 )
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Example Sentences

I was quite sure, on the contrary, that they were intended as a propitiatory offering.

Nor is it solely to human beings that dogs use such propitiatory actions.

All that particularly stood out was that the propitiatory offering would have to be some cherished enjoyment.

We may note here the euphemistic tendency to call powerful spirits by propitiatory names.

The propitiatory formulas most in vogue are still such as carry or imply an invidious comparison.

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