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English definition of “propitiate”

propitiate

verb [T] uk   /prəˈpɪʃ.i.eɪt/ formal us  
to please and make calm a god or person who is annoyed with you: In those days people might sacrifice a goat or sheep to propitiate an angry god. The radicals in the party were clearly sacked to propitiate the conservative core.
propitiation
noun [U] uk   /-ˌpɪʃ.iˈeɪ.ʃən/ us  
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