propitiatory

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Etymology[edit]

From the Latin propitiātōrius (atoning”; “reconciling”, “propitiating).

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propitiatory (comparative more propitiatory, superlative most propitiatory)

  1. 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.
    • ibidem:
      Those who cultivate humility and the other propitiatory virtues to cloak their weakness nourish an envious resentment against those stronger than themselves.

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