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Propitiate GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

Propitiate GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

/prəˈpɪʃ.i.eɪt/ (verb)


to win someone’s favor, please and placate a person, mollify, make peace with, pacify, appease, calm, soothe, assuage, conciliate


‘Propitiation’ has the idea of appeasing the wrath of God. Leaving aside the finer aspects of the Greek, let’s look at the English word itself. Webster’s English Dictionary (1828) defines the word as: 1. ‘The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious. 2. In theology, the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners.


Propitiation is the act of appeasing or making well-disposed a deity, thus incurring divine favor or avoiding divine retribution. While some use the term interchangeably with expiation, others draw a sharp distinction between the two.



aggravate, exasperate, annoy, vex

Parts of speech

Noun: propitiation

Noun: propitiator

Adjective: propitiatory

Adjective: propitiative

Adjective: propitiable

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