- To propitiate is to make peace with someone, or to do something that pleases someone.
When you give someone a gift to earn his favor and make peace after a fight, this is an example of propitiate.
propitiate definition by Webster's New World
propitiate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb pro·pi·ti·at·ed, pro·pi·ti·at·ing, pro·pi·ti·ates
Origin: Latin propitiāre, propitiāt-, from propitius, propitious; see propitious.
- pro·piˈti·a·ble adjective
- pro·piˈti·atˌing·ly adverb
- pro·piˈti·aˌtive adjective
- pro·piˈti·aˌtor noun