Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

reconcile

[rek-uh n-sahyl]
See more synonyms for reconcile on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), rec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing.
  1. to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something not desired: He was reconciled to his fate.
  2. to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable: to reconcile hostile persons.
  3. to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.).
  4. to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent: to reconcile differing statements; to reconcile accounts.
  5. to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, cemetery, etc.).
  6. to restore (an excommunicate or penitent) to communion in a church.
Show More
verb (used without object), rec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing.
  1. to become reconciled.
Show More

Origin of reconcile

1300–50; Middle English reconcilen < Latin reconciliāre to make good again, repair. See re-, conciliate
Related formsrec·on·cile·ment, nounrec·on·cil·er, nounrec·on·cil·ing·ly, adverbpre·rec·on·cile, verb (used with object), pre·rec·on·ciled, pre·rec·on·cil·ing.pre·rec·on·cile·ment, nounqua·si-rec·on·ciled, adjectiveun·rec·on·ciled, adjectiveun·rec·on·cil·ing, adjective

Synonyms

See more synonyms for reconcile on Thesaurus.com
2. pacify, propitiate, placate. 4. harmonize.

Antonyms

3. anger.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for reconciler

Historical Examples

  • Thus he was able to pose as the reconciler of parties, and the bringer-in of peace and quiet.

    A History of England

    Charles Oman

  • Perhaps he would smile a welcome, for anger is subdued by Death the Reconciler.

    Hogarth

    C. Lewis Hind

  • Let us drink together, O my brother, this farewell goblet to the Unknown whom we both invoke; to the supreme Reconciler.'

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

  • After being our strength and defender, you will become our peacemaker and reconciler.

  • The impure are to be purified, and the evil made good, through the mediation of Mithras, the reconciler of Ormuzd and Ahriman.


British Dictionary definitions for reconciler

reconcile

verb (tr)
  1. (often passive usually foll by to) to make (oneself or another) no longer opposed; cause to acquiesce in something unpleasantshe reconciled herself to poverty
  2. to become friendly with (someone) after estrangement or to re-establish friendly relations between (two or more people)
  3. to settle (a quarrel or difference)
  4. to make (two apparently conflicting things) compatible or consistent with each other
  5. to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, etc)
Show More
Derived Formsreconcilement, nounreconciler, nounreconciliation (ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən), nounreconciliatory (ˌrɛkənˈsɪlɪətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin reconciliāre to bring together again, from re- + conciliāre to make friendly, conciliate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reconciler

reconcile

v.

mid-14c., of persons, from Old French reconcilier (12c.) and directly from Latin reconcilare "to bring together again; regain; win over again, conciliate," from re- "again" (see re-) + concilare "make friendly" (see conciliate). Reflexive sense is recorded from 1530s. Meaning "to make (discordant facts or statements) consistent" is from late 14c. Intransitive sense of "become reconciled" is from 1660s. Related: Reconciled; reconciling.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper