What does the word propitiate mean?

Usage examples for propitiate

  1. Difficult and unpleasant as his task was likely to be, he felt that he must propitiate Thady Gallagher. – General John Regan 1913 by George A. Birmingham
  2. He tried at first to melt and propitiate her; but when he found that it was no use, and that she was practically lost to him, he changed his temper, and he might have behaved to her like the tyrant he is but that her hold over the people among whom they were living, both on the fighting- men and the women, had become by this time greater than his own. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. Already Peter of Blentz had approached the bishop, who, eager to propitiate whoever seemed most likely to become king, gave the signal for the procession that was to mark the solemn bearing of the crown of Lutha up the aisle to the chancel. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs