- Win or regain the favor of (a god, spirit, or person) by doing something that pleases them: the pagans thought it was important to propitiate the gods with sacrificesMore example sentences
- The Samhitas are hymns addressed to gods representing the forces of nature, followed by rites and sacrifices to propitiate those gods.
- The death of Christ propitiates God, and the word ‘propitiation’ contains the thought of averting the wrath of God.
- Plotinus and Porphyry felt reserve towards participation in sacrifices to propitiate the spirits.
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- They must also offer a propitiatory sacrifice to the god worth fifteen drachmae.
- God's displeasure can only be appeased, then, if a propitiatory sacrifice is made.
- Sacred places, old dwelling sites, and cemeteries exist, but propitiatory rites are made individually.
late 16th century: from Latin propitiat- 'made favorable', from the verb propitiare, from propitius 'favorable, gracious' (see propitious).