propitiation


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pro·pi·ti·a·tion

 (prō-pĭsh′ē-ā′shən)
n.
1. The act of propitiating.
2. Something that propitiates, especially a conciliatory offering to a god.

pro•pi•ti•a•tion

(prəˌpɪʃ iˈeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of propitiating; conciliation.
2. something that propitiates.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.propitiation - the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity
appeasement, calming - the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)
2.propitiation - the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)propitiation - the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
redemption, salvation - (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
amends, reparation - something done or paid in expiation of a wrong; "how can I make amends"
Translations

propitiation

[prəˌpɪʃɪˈeɪʃən] Npropiciación f

propitiation

n (liter)Versöhnung f, → Besänftigung f; as propitiation for, in propitiation ofals Sühne für

propitiation

[prəˌpɪʃɪˈeɪʃn] npropiziazione f
References in classic literature ?
She watched his countenance as if she were particularly wishful to be assured that he took kindly to his reception, she showed every possible desire to conciliate him, and there was an air of humble propitiation in all she did, such as I have seen pervade the bearing of a child towards a hard master.
She seemed to be holding them up in propitiation for her passionate desire to know and to think, which in the unfriendly mediums of Tipton and Freshitt had issued in crying and red eyelids.
Subordinate deities of the polytheistic faith, such as devils and angels, are not dowered with the power of combination, and must urge individually their clames to adoration and propitiation. The Trinity is one of the most sublime mysteries of our holy religion.
Though Mr Rugg saw plainly there was no preventing this from being done, still the wryness of his face and the uneasiness of his limbs so sorely required the propitiation of a Protest, that he made one.
This gave him a rakish eccentric air which, now that he had leisure to observe it, charmed Mr Swiveller exceedingly; therefore, by way of propitiation, he expressed his hope that the gentleman was going to get up, and further that he would never do so any more.
He carried his head on one side, partly in modest depreciation of himself, partly in modest propitiation of everybody else.
Some were for breaking it up then and there; others would have it dragged to the top of the rock on which the fortress stood, and then thrown down the precipice; while yet others were for letting it remain as an offering and propitiation for the gods.
His first impulse, if there had been time for it, would perhaps have been to utter words of propitiation; but Adam had no sooner thrown off his coat and cap than he became aware that Arthur was standing pale and motionless, with his hands still thrust in his waistcoat pockets.
Snagsby after prefacing his reply with his cough of general propitiation, "that I no more know where he came from than I know--"
'Can?' Mr Lammie fell back upon propitiation. 'I should think you could!
Now therefore bend thine eare To supplication, heare his sighs though mute; Unskilful with what words to pray, let mee Interpret for him, mee his Advocate And propitiation, all his works on mee Good or not good ingraft, my Merit those Shall perfet, and for these my Death shall pay.
We are not witnesses but voyeurs as we glance at the suspected witch walking at night, of a policeman arresting a y0ung man, of the witch ending by the roadside, of a healer performing rites not of propitiation but of exorcism.