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propitiate

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

Definition of propitiate in English:

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

Origin

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

Derivatives

propitiator

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Moreover, they regarded their coalition partners, the Kadets, as essential propitiators of the officer corps.

propitiatory

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈpiSHēəˌtôrē/
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.

Words that rhyme with propitiate

initiate, officiate, vitiate

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