Propitiate

Transitive Verb

Win someone’s goodwill or favor.

“A great political stump-speech propitiates the voter base —more wall, anyone?”

“He tried to propitiate the judge but it backfired.

I found it easy to misuse Propitiate, so it’s worth mentioning the other forms of the word that are more fun:

Noun: “The way he hangs around her is an obvious propitiation: She’s way out of his league.”

“My professor is easily propitiated by short skirts in the front row.”
— Those short skirts are propitiations, while the professor is propitiable, and the girls wearing the skirts are propitiators.

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