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  • v  make peace with

  • Some people fear and propitiate evil spirits.
  • They propitiate the gods as best they can.
  • When they protested that their enemies' heads were needed to propitiate the gods, the rajah ordered his English civil servants to stockpile mummified leftovers from previous wars .

  • John Simpson in Scotsman
    Simpson said: "Few Prime Ministers in my 40 years have done as much damage to the BBC as Tony Blair and his head of communications, Alastair Campbell. Blair gave the appearance of doing everything he could to appease and propitiate the Murdoch...
  • Guillermo Ortiz in Bloomberg
    Other actions focused on transaction settlements, custody of securities and price integrity -- "all the elements you need to propitiate financial transactions," Ortiz said.

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