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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj propitiatory intended to reconcile or appease "sent flowers as a propitiatory gesture"
    • adj propitiatory having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation "expiatory (or propitiatory) sacrifice"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Propitiatory Having the power to make propitious; pertaining to, or employed in, propitiation; expiatory; as, a propitiatory sacrifice.
    • n Propitiatory (Jewish Antiq) The mercy seat; -- so called because a symbol of the propitiated Jehovah.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • propitiatory Having the power to make propitious; effecting or intended to effect propitiation: as, a propitiatory sacrifice.
    • n propitiatory In Jewish antiquity, the mercy-seat; the lid or cover of the ark of the covenant, lined within and without with plates of gold.
    • n propitiatory A propitiation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Propitiatory having power to propitiate: expiatory
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. propitiatorius,: cf. F. propitiatoire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. propitiāre, -ātum, to make favourable—propitius, well disposed; orig. perh. an augur's term with reference to the flying of birds—pro, forward, petĕre, to seek, orig. fly; by others conn. with prope, near.


In literature:

The nurse advanced with a propitiatory smile.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
A little later, while he was hanging them in the clothes-press, a propitiatory cough sounded at the door.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
Unconscious of his peculiar appearance, he walked before his captor, casting propitiatory glances behind him.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
But it was after our Lord's resurrection that the sacrificial and propitiatory character of his death was most fully revealed.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Their methods may be earnest, but they are not propitiatory.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
I was quite sure, on the contrary, that they were intended as a propitiatory offering.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
Mr Ravenshaw had only begun to feel slightly calmed when Ian presented himself, with a humble, propitiatory air.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was then charged with having denied transubstantiation, and the propitiatory sacrifice of the mass, and was urged at length to recant.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
His manner was at once propitiatory and friendly.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
There was a propitiatory note in his voice.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
His manner was conciliating, propitiatory.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
Nor is it solely to human beings that dogs use such propitiatory actions.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
With much solemn karakia and propitiatory sacrifice, they tremblingly crept into the precincts of the bay.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
The tendency of memorial to become propitiatory rites is visible in all materialistic religions.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
The altar is a raised structure on which propitiatory offerings are placed.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
This, however, was for religious and propitiatory reasons.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
The ohelo berry is famous in song and story, and formerly served as a propitiatory offering to Pele.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1" by Various
Hence the propitiatory ceremony of the fire worshippers.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
The offering had anything but a propitiatory effect.
"The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2" by Edward Tyas Cook
The hoarse woman bent further forward, with a propitiatory grin.
"Tales of Mean Streets" by Arthur Morrison

In poetry:

The dramatis personae of our lives
Dwindle and wizen; familiar boyhood shames,
The tribulations one somehow survives,
Rise smokily from propitiatory flames
"Sarabande On Attaining The Age Of Seventy-Seven" by Anthony Hecht