Definition of propitiate in English:

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propitiate

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: /prəˈpiSHēˌādər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Moreover, they regarded their coalition partners, the Kadets, as essential propitiators of the officer corps.

propitiatory

Pronunciation: /prəˈpiSH(ē)əˌtôrē/
adjective
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 Middle English (as propitiation): from Latin propitiat- 'made favorable', from the verb propitiare, from propitius 'favorable, gracious' (see propitious).

Words that rhyme with propitiate

initiate, officiate, vitiate

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pro·pi·ti·ate

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