Propitiation is an action meant to regain someone's favor or make up for something you did wrong. You might offer your mom a plate of chocolate chip cookies in propitiation for killing all her houseplants while she was away.

Propitiation comes from a form of the Latin verb "propitiare," which means “to appease.” If you’re doing something in propitiation, that’s your basic goal: to regain favor. Propitiation often involves a god or gods, traditional or not. If your team lost last year's championship, propitiation of the football gods may be necessary this year. More broadly you can offer propitiation to anyone you need to appease. Propitiation may be needed if you show up late to class again.

Definitions of propitiation

n the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity

conciliation, placation
Type of:
appeasement, calming
the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)

n the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)

atonement, expiation
amends, reparation
something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
Type of:
redemption, salvation
(theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil

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