Meaning of propitiation in English:


Pronunciation /prəˌpɪʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • 1The action of propitiating or appeasing a god, spirit, or person.

    ‘he lifted his hands in propitiation’
    • ‘He submits as the substitute for sinners who cannot possibly atone for their own sins; that is, he submits to the expiation (wiping clean) of that sin and the propitiation (appeasing satisfaction) of God's justified anger.’
    • ‘The third… is that of expiation, propitiation and reconciliation… [and] the fourth end, finally, is that of impetration.’
    • ‘In the context of hunting, young girls are the appropriate instrument for the propitiation of the goddess and the securing of her favour.’
    • ‘Similarly, there are other rituals outside their sphere of activity, such as the propitiation or exorcism of dangerous spirits.’
    • ‘Yet the tigers of the Chitwan Valley can be elusive in the absence of propitiation by Tharu priests.’
    1. 1.1Atonement, especially that of Jesus Christ.


Late Middle English from late Latin propitiatio(n-), from the verb propitiare (see propitiate).