propitiate


propitiate
UK [prəʊˈpɪʃɪeɪt] / US [proʊˈpɪʃɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "propitiate":
present tense I/you/we/they propitiate he/she/it propitiates present participle propitiating past tense propitiated past participle propitiated formal
to try to stop someone from being angry with you by doing something to please them

Derived words:
propitiation
UK [prəʊˌpɪʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [proʊˌpɪʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n] noun uncountable
propitiatory
UK [prəʊˈpɪʃɪəˌt(ə)rɪ] / US [proʊˈpɪʃɪəˌtɔrɪ] adjective

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Propitiate — Pro*pi ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Propitiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Propitiating}.] [L. propitiatus, p. p. of propitiare to propitiate, fr. propitius favorable. See {Propitious}.] To appease to render favorable; to make propitious; to conciliate.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • propitiate — [prō pish′ē āt΄, prəpish′ē āt΄] vt. propitiated, propitiating [< L propitiatus, pp. of propitiare, to propitiate < propitius: see PROPITIOUS] to cause to become favorably inclined; win or regain the good will of; appease or conciliate… …   English World dictionary

  • Propitiate — Pro*pi ti*ate, v. i. To make propitiation; to atone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • propitiate — I verb accommodate, appeal to, appease, beguile, calm, conciliate, content, disarm, gain the favor of, humor, ingratiate, make amends, make favorably inclined, make peace, mollify, offer sacrifice, pacificate, pacify, placare, placate, please,… …   Law dictionary

  • propitiate — 1640s, from L. propitiatus, pp. of propitiare (see PROPITIATION (Cf. propitiation)). Related: Propitiated; propitiating; propitiatingly …   Etymology dictionary

  • propitiate — *pacify, appease, placate, mollify, conciliate Analogous words: reconcile, conform, adjust, #adapt: *satisfy, content: intercede, mediate (see INTERPOSE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • propitiate — ► VERB ▪ win or regain the favour of; appease. DERIVATIVES propitiatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin propitiare make favourable , from propitius favourable, gracious …   English terms dictionary

  • propitiate — [[t]prəpɪ̱ʃieɪt[/t]] propitiates, propitiating, propitiated VERB If you propitiate someone, you stop them being angry or impatient by doing something to please them. [FORMAL] [V n] I ve never gone out of my way to propitiate people... [V n] These …   English dictionary

  • propitiate — verb my attempts to propitiate you are useless Syn: appease, placate, mollify, pacify, make peace with, conciliate, make amends to, soothe, calm See note at pacify Ant: provoke …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • propitiate — pro•pi•ti•ate [[t]prəˈpɪʃ iˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate: tried to propitiate the angry gods[/ex] • Etymology: 1635–45; < L propitiātus, ptp. of propitiāre, v. der. ofpropitius propitious; see… …   From formal English to slang