propitiation

noun
pro·​pi·​ti·​a·​tion | \ prō-ˌpi-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce propitiation (audio) \

Definition of propitiation

1 : the act of propitiating
2 : something that propitiates specifically : an atoning sacrifice

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The scapegoat, as defined in the Book of Leviticus, is a propitiation. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "The Mental Health Scapegoat," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of propitiation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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