Propitiatory Pro*pi"ti*a*to*ry, a. [L. propitiatorius: cf. F. propitiatoire.] Having the power to make propitious; pertaining to, or employed in, propitiation; expiatory; as, a propitiatory sacrifice. --Sharp. [1913 Webster]

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  • Propitiatory — Pro*pi ti*a*to*ry, n. [L. propitiatorium.] (Jewish Antiq.) The mercy seat; so called because a symbol of the propitiated Jehovah. Bp. Pearson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • propitiatory — index nonmilitant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • propitiatory — c.1300, from L.L. propitiatorium (translating Gk. hilasterion in Bible); noun use of neuter singular of propitiarius “atoning, reconciling,” from propitiator, agent noun from propitiare (see PROPITIATION (Cf. propitiation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • propitiatory — pro|pi|ti|a|to|ry [prəˈpıʃiətəri US to:ri] adj formal intended to please someone and make them feel less angry and more friendly ▪ a propitiatory gift of flowers …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • propitiatory — adjective formal intended to please someone and make them feel less angry and more friendly: a propitiatory gift of flowers …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • propitiatory — propitiate ► VERB ▪ win or regain the favour of; appease. DERIVATIVES propitiatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin propitiare make favourable , from propitius favourable, gracious …   English terms dictionary

  • propitiatory — adj. serving or intended to propitiate (a propitiatory smile). Derivatives: propitiatorily adv. Etymology: ME f. LL propitiatorius (as PROPITIATE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • propitiatory — adjective Date: 1551 1. intended to propitiate ; expiatory 2. of or relating to propitiation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • propitiatory — propitiatorily, adv. /preuh pish ee euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. serving or intended to propitiate. 2. making propitiation; conciliatory. n. 3. See mercy seat. [1275 1325; (n.) ME propiciatori the mercy seat < LL propitiatorium (see PROPITIATE …   Universalium

  • propitiatory — adjective intended to propitiate, reconcile, expiate or appease; conciliatory …   Wiktionary