conciliate

verb con·cil·i·ate \ kən-ˈsi-lē-ˌāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of conciliate

conciliated; conciliating
transitive verb
1 : appease
  • … urgently counseled conciliating the peasants …
  • —William Taubman
2 : to gain (something, such as goodwill) by pleasing acts
3 : to make compatible : reconcile
  • It is hard to conciliate the views of labor and management on this point.
intransitive verb
: to become friendly or agreeable

conciliation

play \kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun

conciliative

play \kən-ˈsi-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

conciliator

play \kən-ˈsi-lē-ˌā-tər\ noun

conciliatory

play \kən-ˈsil-yə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈsi-lē-ə-\ adjective

Examples of conciliate in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of conciliate from the Web

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Did You Know?

A council is "an assembly or meeting for consultation, advice, or discussion," and it is often the task of a council to conciliate opposing views. It seems fitting, therefore, that the words "council" and "conciliate" both derive from the Latin word concilium, which means "assembly" or "council." "Conciliate" comes to us from the Latin conciliatus, the past participle of the verb "conciliare" (meaning "to assemble, unite, win over"), which in turn is from "concilium." ("Council," on the other hand, derives from the Anglo-French cunseil or "cuncile," from "concilium.") Other "concilium" descendants in English include "conciliar" ("of, relating to, or issued by a council") and the rare "conciliabule" ("a clandestine meeting especially of conspirators or rebels").

Origin and Etymology of conciliate

Latin conciliatus, past participle of conciliare to assemble, unite, win over, from concilium assembly, council — more at council

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

CONCILIATE Defined for English Language Learners

conciliate

verb

Definition of conciliate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) more friendly or less angry


CONCILIATE Defined for Kids

conciliate

verb con·cil·i·ate \ kən-ˈsi-lē-ˌāt \

Definition of conciliate for Students

conciliated; conciliating
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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