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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹəʊˈpɪʃɪətəɹɪ/
- (US) IPA(key): /pɹəˈpɪʃiəˌtɔɹi/, /pɹoʊˈpɪʃiəˌtɔɹi/
- Intended to propitiate, reconcile, expiate or appease; conciliatory.
- a propitiatory sacrifice
- 1973, Philippa Foot, “Nietzsche: The Revaluation of Values” in Nietzsche: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Robert C. Solomon, Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, ISBN 0385033443, page 157:
- The weak branded those they feared evil, and praised the “propitiatory” qualities natural to men like themselves who were incapable of aggression.
- Those who cultivate humility and the other propitiatory virtues to cloak their weakness nourish an envious resentment against those stronger than themselves.