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Definition of propitiation

1: the act of gaining or regaining the favor or goodwill of someone or something: the act of propitiating: APPEASEMENT
a sacrifice in propitiation of the gods

… she showed every possible desire to conciliate him, and there was an air of humble propitiation in all she did, such as I have seen pervade the bearing of a child towards a hard master.— Charles Dickens

2: something that propitiates or appeases specifically: an atoning sacrifice