conciliate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v conciliate make (one thing) compatible with (another) "The scientists had to accommodate the new results with the existing theories"
    • v conciliate come to terms "After some discussion we finally made up"
    • v conciliate cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of "She managed to mollify the angry customer"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Conciliate To win ower; to gain from a state of hostility; to gain the good will or favor of; to make friendly; to mollify; to propitiate; to appease. "The rapacity of his father's administration had excited such universal discontent, that it was found expedient to conciliate the nation."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • conciliate To overcome the distrust or hostility of, by soothing and pacifying means; induce friendly and kindly feelings in; pacify; placate; soothe; win over.
    • conciliate To induce, draw, or secure by something adapted to attract regard or favor; win; gain; engage.
    • conciliate Synonyms To win over, propitiate, appease. See reconcile.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Conciliate kon-sil′i-āt to gain, or win over: to gain the love or good-will of such as have been indifferent or hostile: to pacify
    • v.i Conciliate to make friends
    • ***

Quotations

  • Washington Irving
    Washington%20Irving
    “Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.”
  • Konrad Adenauer
    Konrad Adenauer
    “The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    Charles%20Caleb%20Colton
    “Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer.”
  • John Jay Chapman
    John%20Jay%20Chapman
    “It is just as impossible to help reform by conciliating prejudice as it is by buying votes. Prejudice is the enemy. Whoever is not for you is against you.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conciliatus, p. p. of conciliare, to draw or bring together, unite, from concilium, council. See Council

Usage

In literature:

To conciliate Philip, he proposed to share with him the regency.
"De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
Instead of conciliating the vanquished, he massacred entire tribes, and failed to re-people these with captive exiles from other nations.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
An obvious spirit of conciliation is a large asset in persuasion.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner
His friendly words in some degree conciliated them.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
His speech was in a new tone of studied conciliation.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
It was to build Conciliation Hall.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
Neither conciliation nor diplomacy was in his thoughts.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
It is too small to conciliate, and therefore too large to be given with safety.
"Handbook of Home Rule (1887)" by W. E. Gladstone et al.
It fell back on conciliation, and yet immediately, by some injustice or cruelty, made reliance on its good faith impossible.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
The events of that day were not calculated to conciliate Squire Pemberton towards them, and the farm and the cottage would pass away from them.
"The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army" by Oliver Optic
***

In poetry:

But now, this upstart Fisher man,
Intent on irritating me,
Has dared to moot a Fed'ral plan
Without conciliating me.
"The Dictator" by C J Dennis
"Write me a fold," said Fate,
"Write me a fold,
Life to conciliate,
Of words red with thine heart's blood, hotly told.
Then, kings may envy thine estate!"
"A Passing Voice" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
MUTE or loquacious, as chance may require,
Shrewdly complacent, quick to equivocate,
Bluff, bully, browbeat, brag, conciliate,
Cant, sympathise, or jest — both quack and liar —
He is the creature of effete desire;
"Melbourne Sonnets: XI The Agent" by E J Rupert Atkinson
"For to-morrow will be Monday and the fifth day of November—
Only day of opportunity before the final rush.
Carpe diem! go conciliate each person who's a member
Of the other party—do so while you can without a blush.
"At The Close Of The Canvass" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

In this file photo taken March 11, 2011, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks with reporters as negotiations between the NFL owners and players go unresolved, at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington.
In the United States a person may file a civil suit against a landlord up to two years after the last violation of a federal law or breach of conciliation agreement delivered by the Secretary of Housing And Urban Development has occurred.
REBEL IN NAJAF SENDS MESSAGES OF CONCILIATION .
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Northeast Chapter recently concluded conciliation training for its members.
The '70s: conflict and conciliation .
Iranian Newspaper Rejects Rushdie's Conciliation Effort.
He turns out to be both a conciliator and a fighter.
A nice-sounding conciliation plan may be too vague to improve things soon.
Statement issued by Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) extends bargaining agreement period to 29, Dec 2012.
"I didn't know that," I conciliated.
Two members from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service joined the discussions on Wednesday and Thursday and failed to make a breakthrough.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said Thursday it has stepped into contract talks between several locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers .
John Arnold of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service says in a statement that after meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, both parties agreed they need more time to review their options.
The presence of director George H Cohen of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service signaled a new stage in the talks, which stalled Tuesday.
The judge was tasked with bringing together the NFL and NFLPA after a failed round of mediation before the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service lockout in April 2011.
***

In science:

As is well known, torsion is a slight modification of the Einstein’s theory of relativity , but is a generalization that appears to be necessary when one tries to conciliate general relativity with quantum theory.
Angular momentum conservation law in Einstein-Cartan space-time
In this paper we shall discuss some recent developments that lead us to interpret complexity as a condition intermediate between dynamics and thermodynamics, and make, consequently, easier to re-conciliate life with statistical mechanics. Even the ma jority of physicists reject this kind of reductionism.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This way we have got a consistent conciliation of both models and explained the origin of its widely different behavior as well the common probabilistic nature, namely the dynamics provided by the Langevin equation.
First principles quantum Monte Carlo
Magnon, Arrow of time and reality: in search of a conciliation, Singapore, Singapore: World Scientific (1997).
Arrow of time in generalized quantum theory and its classical limit dynamics
We show that our definition re-conciliates with that of Ciuperc ˘a.
Generalized Hilbert Functions
***