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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Definitions for propitiate

  1. To render favorably inclined; to appease; to conciliate (one offended).

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Citations for propitiate
Azorka, a black house-dog, probably conscious of his guilt in barking for nothing and anxious to propitiate us, approached us, diffidently wagging his tail. Anton Chekhov,
Yet the Fairy Bridge . . . didn't get its name for nothing. Here the locals lift a hand ever so slightly and mutter "Hello, little people," to propitiate the fairies underneath. Helen Gibson, Time Europe
Origin of propitiate
Propitiate derives from Latin propitius, "favorable."
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