Definition of propitiatory in English:



See propitiate

  • ‘They must also offer a propitiatory sacrifice to the god worth fifteen drachmae.’
  • ‘God's displeasure can only be appeased, then, if a propitiatory sacrifice is made.’
  • ‘Sacred places, old dwelling sites, and cemeteries exist, but propitiatory rites are made individually.’
  • ‘He worked throughout this period, painting for collectors, for patrons who protected him, and as propitiatory offerings to those who were punishing him.’
  • ‘In fact the numbers voting for it were probably nearer two millions - a respectable enough turnout at a time of civil war, and an indication that the propitiatory gesture of national consultation had achieved some success.’