pro·​pi·​ti·​a·​to·​ry prō-ˈpi-sh(ē-)ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce propitiatory (audio)
: intended to propitiate : expiatory
: of or relating to propitiation

Examples of propitiatory in a Sentence

sent his girlfriend flowers as a propitiatory gesture for a date gone sour

Word History

First Known Use

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of propitiatory was in 1536

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Cite this Entry

“Propitiatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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