propitiate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v propitiate make peace with
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Propitiate To appease to render favorable; to make propitious; to conciliate. "Let fierce Achilles, dreadful in his rage,
      The god propitiate , and the pest assuage."
    • v. i Propitiate To make propitiation; to atone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • propitiate To appease and render favorable; make propitious; conciliate.
    • propitiate To make propitiation or atonement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Propitiate prō-pish′i-āt to make propitious: to render favourable
    • v.i Propitiate to make propitiation: to atone
    • n Propitiate the Jewish mercy-seat
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. propitiatus, p. p. of propitiare, to propitiate, fr. propitius, favorable. See Propitious

Usage

In literature:

Spite is more often fattened than propitiated by penitence.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
Can you set a thought on Providence, not seeking to propitiate it?
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
We do not slay damsels for a sacrifice to propitiate celestial wrath; nor do we revel in details of slaughter.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
How, under the happiest of suppositions, propitiate his family!
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
My lord's hand touched her on her shoulder, propitiatingly in some degree, in his dumb way.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
It signified brisk news to him, and prospect of glee to propitiate any number of devils.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
There were the evenings, of course, but somehow they were not propitious for a discussion of social values.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
In these propitious circumstances the book was more than a book.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
Never was occasion more propitious.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
All was propitious for the attack.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
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In poetry:

The saints, from his propitious eye,
Await their several crowns
And all the sons of darkness fly
The terror of his frowns.
"Hymn 114" by Isaac Watts
With us in every joy to share
Our much-lov'd heroes come,
Propitious Heaven, O hear our pray'r!
And guide them safely home!"
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
"Propitious Heaven, O hear our pray'r!"
Louisa trembling cry'd,
For ah! the chill blast wav'd her hair,
The rising cloud she spy'd.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
Born in the same propitious year,
Together nurst, together taught;
Each learn'd to hold the other dear,
In perfect unison of thought.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
Rapt Fancy hears the Cherub plead: ...
Propitious is the Culprit's fate,
If one, by tender mercy sway'd,
Amongst the Jurors takes his seat.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
I FEEL that I'm possess'd of nought,
Saving the free unfetterd thought
Which from my bosom seeks to flow,
And each propitious passing hour
That suffers me in all its power
A loving fate with truth to know.
"My Own Property" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

A History of the Propitious Esculent .
In the cyclical time of the Hindu world, history moves drowsily through the ordered, unchanging world of rituals and festivals, and a God who pervades everything and must be propitiated for everything.
Maladies like swine flu, malaria and AIDS aren't caused by micro-organisms, they claim, but by the displeasure of gods, whom they propitiate by praying, consulting shamans and sacrificing goats.
A History of the Propitious Esculent.
Madrid –Outgoing Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, of Spain, had until recently been the beneficiary of propitious circumstances.
Unlike when the Indians traded Cliff Lee in 2009 as the dog days were just beginning to yip, they might have traded Shin-Soo Choo at the most propitious time.
It's a propitious time for the subjects of Dave Eggers' 2009 book "Zeitoun," Abdulraham and Kathy Zeitoun, to visit East Lansing.
Back in the Golden Age of the detective novel the luxury passenger train provided a propitious setting for the required murder and the subsequent mystery.
For Verizon, the timing is propitious.
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In science:

To get sufficiently good estimates which lead to the proof of Propitiation 1 we have to exploit the improvements following from the above sketched observations.
An estimate about multiple stochastic integrals with respect to a normalized empirical measure
In fact, circumstances might be more propitious toward wind creation in this region than in the disk, for the Alfven speed should be rather higher due to the similar strength magnetic field and the much smaller inertia (cf. the simulations reported in ).
Magnetic Extraction of Spin Energy from a Black Hole
This meeting, which was planned as a specialist discussion on the details of emission mechanisms in extragalactic radio sources, was held at a propitious time.
Particles and Fields in Radio Galaxies: A Summary
Recently, hybrid metal-graphene plasmonic structures have been proposed as the propitious platform for novel optical devices .
Nonlinear graphene plasmonics: amplitude equation
For our purposes, it is propitious to choose periodic boundary conditions (PBCs) with equal periods L1 = L2 = L, L even, and with N = L2 sites.
Parent Hamiltonian for the Chiral Spin Liquid
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