"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 4 June 2009


To propitiate (pro-PISH-e-ate)is to win somebody's favour: to appease or conciliate somebody or something. Propitiation is the noun and means the act of placating; overcoming distrust and animosity; the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity).

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