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conciliate

verb con·cil·i·ate \kən-ˈsi-lē-ˌāt\

: to make (someone) more friendly or less angry

con·cil·i·at·edcon·cil·i·at·ing

Full Definition of CONCILIATE

transitive verb
1
:  to gain (as goodwill) by pleasing acts
2
:  to make compatible :  reconcile
3
:  appease
intransitive verb
:  to become friendly or agreeable
con·cil·i·a·tion \-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun
con·cil·i·a·tive \-ˈsi-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
con·cil·i·a·tor \-ˌā-tər\ noun
con·cil·ia·to·ry \-ˈsil-yə-ˌtr-ē, -ˈsi-lē-ə-\ adjective

Examples of CONCILIATE

  1. The company's attempts to conciliate the strikers have failed.
  2. <it will be hard to conciliate the views of labor and management regarding health benefits>

Origin of CONCILIATE

Latin conciliatus, past participle of conciliare to assemble, unite, win over, from concilium assembly, council — more at council
First Known Use: 1545

Synonym Discussion of CONCILIATE

pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate mean to ease the anger or disturbance of. pacify suggests a soothing or calming <pacified by a sincere apology>. appease implies quieting insistent demands by making concessions <appease their territorial ambitions>. placate suggests changing resentment or bitterness to goodwill <a move to placate local opposition>. mollify implies soothing hurt feelings or rising anger <a speech that mollified the demonstrators>. propitiate implies averting anger or malevolence especially of a superior being <propitiated his parents by dressing up>. conciliate suggests ending an estrangement by persuasion, concession, or settling of differences <conciliating the belligerent nations>.

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CONCILIATE Defined for Kids

conciliate

verb con·cil·i·ate \kən-ˈsi-lē-ˌāt\
con·cil·i·at·edcon·cil·i·at·ing

Definition of CONCILIATE for Kids

1
:  to bring into agreement :  reconcile <It's hard to conciliate the stories of what happened.>
2
:  to gain or regain the goodwill or favor of <She apologized to conciliate an angry friend.>

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