Simple Definition of propitiate
: to make (someone) pleased or less angry by giving or saying something desired
Examples of propitiate
He made an offering to propitiate the angry gods.
<the temple was once the site of sacrifices—both to honor the gods in times of plenty and to propitiate them in times of trouble>
Origin of propitiate
Latin propitiatus, past participle of propitiare, from propitius propitious
First Known Use: 1583
Synonym Discussion of propitiate
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