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propitiation Syllabification: pro·pi·ti·a·tion
Pronunciation: /prəˌpiSHēˈāSHən/

Definition of propitiation in English:


The action of propitiating or appeasing a god, spirit, or person: he lifted his hands in propitiation
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  • He submits as the substitute for sinners who cannot possibly atone for their own sins; that is, he submits to the expiation (wiping clean) of that sin and the propitiation (appeasing satisfaction) of God's justified anger.
  • The third… is that of expiation, propitiation and reconciliation… [and] the fourth end, finally, is that of impetration.
  • In the context of hunting, young girls are the appropriate instrument for the propitiation of the goddess and the securing of her favour.


Late Middle English: from late Latin propitiatio(n-), from the verb propitiare (see propitiate).

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