How to pronounce


  • American Pronunciation: In American English, "propitiation" is pronounced as /prəˌpɪʃiˈeɪʃən/. It has five syllables, with the stress on the third syllable: pruh-PIH-shee-AY-shun. The "pruh" is like the "pro" in "problem," "pih" sounds like "pit" without the 't', "shee" as in "sheet," "ay" as in "say," and the ending "shun" sounds like "shun."
  • British Pronunciation: In British English, "propitiation" is pronounced similarly, /prəˌpɪʃiˈeɪʃən/. The main difference may lie in the articulation, with each syllable potentially being more distinct and the rhotic 'r' sound less pronounced than in American English.

Definition of


Propitiation (noun): the act of appeasing or pacifying a god, spirit, or person through sacrifice or offerings, often to gain favor or forgiveness.

Example 1: The villagers performed a ritual of propitiation to the river god in hopes of ending the drought.
Example 2: The company made a generous donation to the local community as a propitiation for their past environmental damage.
Example 3: The murderer offered a propitiation to the victim's family in the form of a large sum of money.

Propitiate (verb): to appease or pacify through sacrifice or offerings.

Example 1: The captain instructed the crew to propitiate the storm god by throwing offerings into the sea.
Example 2: The restaurant owner attempted to propitiate the angry customer by offering a free meal.
Example 3: The politician tried to propitiate the opposing party by compromising on a controversial issue.

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