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propitiate Line breaks: pro|piti|ate
Pronunciation: /prəˈpɪʃɪeɪt/

Definition of propitiate in English:


[with object]
Win or regain the favour 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.
appease, placate, mollify, pacify, make peace with, conciliate, make amends to, soothe, calm, humour, win over, satisfy;
Australian  square someone off


Pronunciation: /prəˌpɪʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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.
adjective rare
Pronunciation: /prəˈpɪʃɪeɪtə/
Example sentences
  • Moreover, they regarded their coalition partners, the Kadets, as essential propitiators of the officer corps.
Pronunciation: /prəˈpɪʃɪət(ə)ri/
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.


Late Middle English (as propitiation): from Latin propitiat- 'made favourable', from the verb propitiare, from propitius 'favourable, gracious' (see propitious).

Words that rhyme with propitiate

initiate, officiate, vitiate
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