Definition of conciliate
1 : to gain (something, such as goodwill) by pleasing acts
2 : to make compatible : reconcile It is hard to conciliate the views of labor and management on this point.
3 : appease … urgently counseled conciliating the peasants … — William Taubman
: to become friendly or agreeable
conciliationplay \kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun
conciliativeplay \kən-ˈsi-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
conciliatorplay \kən-ˈsi-lē-ˌā-tər\ noun
conciliatoryplay \kən-ˈsil-yə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈsi-lē-ə-\ adjective
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Examples of conciliate in a sentence
The company's attempts to conciliate the strikers have failed.
it will be hard to conciliate the views of labor and management regarding health benefits
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
First Known Use: 1545
Synonym Discussion of conciliate
CONCILIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conciliate for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) more friendly or less angry
CONCILIATE Defined for Kids
Definition of conciliate for Students
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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