Definition of propitiate in English:

propitiate

Syllabification: pro·pi·ti·ate
Pronunciation: /prəˈpiSHēˌāt
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • 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 sacrifices
    More 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.
    Synonyms
    appease, placate, mollify, pacify, make peace with, conciliate, make amends to, soothe, calm

Derivatives

propitiator

Pronunciation: /-ˌātər/
noun
More example sentences
  • Moreover, they regarded their coalition partners, the Kadets, as essential propitiators of the officer corps.

propitiatory

Pronunciation: /-ˈpiSHēəˌtôrē/
adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin propitiat- 'made favorable', from the verb propitiare, from propitius 'favorable, gracious' (see propitious).

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