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propitiation (prəˌpɪʃɪˈeɪʃən) 

Definitions

noun

  1. the act or process of propitiating

Synonyms

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= appeasement, reconciliation, conciliation, peacemaking, mollification, placation

propitiate (prəˈpɪʃɪˌeɪt Pronunciation for propitiate

Definitions

verb

  1. (transitive) to appease or make well disposed; conciliate

Derived Forms

proˈpitiable adjective
proˌpitiˈation noun
proˌpitiˈatious adjective
proˈpitiative adjective
proˈpitiˌator noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin propitiāre to appease, from propitius gracious

Example Sentences Including 'propitiation'

Sacrifices are made as gifts of propitiation , as offerings of thanks, or as a means of communication either for the gods or the dead.
Cooper, J C The Aquarian Dictionary of Festivals
Yet I knew the respectful words of propitiation were necessary to dispel fear.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)

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