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propitiatory

[pruh-pish-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /prəˈpɪʃ i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
serving or intended to propitiate.
2.
making propitiation; conciliatory.
noun
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; (noun) Middle English propiciatori the mercy seat < Late Latin propitiātōrium (see propitiate, -tory2); (adj.) < Late Latin propitiātōrius (see -tory1)
Related forms
propitiatorily, adverb
unpropitiatory, adjective
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  • We had completed the propitiatory rites the day before, in that patch of cloud-shrouded ridgeline in the middle of nowhere.
British Dictionary definitions for propitiatory

propitiatory

/prəˈpɪʃɪətərɪ/
adjective
1.
designed or intended to propitiate; conciliatory; expiatory
noun
2.
the mercy seat
Derived Forms
propitiatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for propitiatory

c.1300 (n.) "the mercy seat," from Late Latin propitiatorium (translating Greek hilasterion in Bible); noun use of neuter singular of propitiatorius "atoning, reconciling," from propitiatus, past participle of propitiare (see propitiation). As an adjective in English from 1550s.

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