What does the word propitiatory mean?

Usage examples for propitiatory

  1. On the appointed day all the canoes were carried to the shore and placed upon the water with prayer and propitiatory offerings. – Indian Boyhood by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  2. These would seem to be of the nature of propitiatory offerings on behalf of the dead, of which there are various instances recorded. – Surnames as a Science by Robert Ferguson
  3. Besides these, there was a small bale containing gaudy ornaments and attractive articles, which were intended as propitiatory presents to the Esquimaux when they should be met with. – Ungava by R.M. Ballantyne
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