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conciliate

[kuh n-sil-ee-eyt] /kənˈsɪl iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), conciliated, conciliating.
1.
to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over:
to conciliate an angry competitor.
2.
to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
3.
to make compatible; reconcile.
verb (used without object), conciliated, conciliating.
4.
to become agreeable or reconciled:
Efforts to conciliate in the dispute proved fruitless.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin conciliātus (past participle of conciliāre to bring together, unite, equivalent to concili(um) council + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
conciliable
[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-buh l] /kənˈsɪl i ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
conciliatingly, adverb
conciliation, noun
nonconciliating, adjective
proconciliation, adjective
unconciliable, adjective
unconciliated, adjective
unconciliating, adjective
Synonyms
1. See appease.
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Examples from the web for conciliation
  • It was a poignant moment of sporting conciliation in what had been a jarring weekend of dissolution.
  • He will doubtless try to breathe life into conciliation.
  • It was remarkable: this rebel leader's whole posture changed from aggression to conciliation.
  • conciliation has indeed prevailed after such clashes in the past.
  • We deploy that trust to urge conciliation through peaceful means alone.
  • conciliation is fine if entered into where there's a genuine will to find a way.
  • But his attempts at conciliation look too little, too late.
  • All these steps are essential for national conciliation.
  • Current law provides only for a conciliation process within the housing agency.
  • They routinely subvert efforts at conciliation with vitriol, name calling and gross generalizations.
British Dictionary definitions for conciliation

conciliation

/kənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of conciliating
2.
a method of helping the parties in a dispute to reach agreement, esp divorcing or separating couples to part amicably

conciliate

/kənˈsɪlɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to overcome the hostility of; placate; win over
2.
to win or gain (favour, regard, etc), esp by making friendly overtures
3.
(archaic) to make compatible; reconcile
Derived Forms
conciliable, adjective
conciliator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conciliāre to bring together, from conciliumcouncil
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Word Origin and History for conciliation
n.

1540s, from Middle French conciliation, from Latin conciliationem (nominative conciliatio) "a connection, union, bond," figuratively "a making friendly, gaining over," noun of action from past participle stem of conciliare (see conciliate).

conciliate

v.

1540s, from Latin conciliatus, past participle of conciliare "to bring together, unite in feelings, make friendly," from concilium "council" (see council). Related: Conciliated; conciliating.

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