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  • Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
  • He was upset with her, but she kept talking in a conciliating tone.
  • The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.
    Konrad Adenauer
  • I’m supposed to say something here, something to make him feel better, but I don’t. I’m not feeling particularly conciliatory.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

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  • I did, I suppose, hope that she might finally relent a little and make some conciliatory response or other, allowing us once and for all to put the whole episode behind us.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Ashe attempted some conciliatory remark and he just shrugged irritably.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • In addition, four pigeons were sent to Foxwood with a conciliatory message, which it was hoped might re-establish good relations with Pilkington.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • New Atlanta liked Rhett no better than old Atlanta had done and he made as little attempt to conciliate the one as he had the other.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Napoleon very soon lost hope of conciliating the Russians,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • One rationale for seeking more female politicians is that women supposedly excel in empathy and forging consensus and thus may make, on average, more peaceful and conciliatory leaders than men.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky

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  • it was not his soul which was in question, but his life (since he lacked that precious conciliator, which places itself so effectually between the bandit and the honest man—a purse).
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • said Berg, glancing round at Natasha, and as if anxious to conciliate her, replying to her intent look with a smile.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I imagined that they would be disgusted, until, by my gentle demeanour and conciliating words, I should first win their favour and afterwards their love.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Also he saw one dog, that would neither conciliate nor obey, finally killed in the struggle for mastery.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • There is no fault in a king’s wish to conciliate a man with whom he has been quick to anger!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "Maybe," I said feebly, "he’s trying to be conciliatory and see the point of view of the other side."
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Enrique and his mother are conciliatory at last.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • "Look," he said, sounding more conciliatory now, as a victor could afford to.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • ...she showed every possible desire to conciliate him,
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • His face was conciliatory, pleading.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • At length he made another attempt; and rubbing his hands together, said, in his most conciliatory tone...
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He knew her words were the closest thing to a conciliation he was likely to receive, and he was grateful for them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • asked May with a conciliatory air, for she wanted to show that she also could be generous.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • D’Artagnan, on the contrary, quite full of his plans of conciliation and courtesy, approached the young men with a profound bow, accompanied by a most gracious smile.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "To be sure," he said, following up the landlord’s conciliatory view, "we’re fond of our old clerk;"
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Evidently he had no desire to terrorize the man, but to conciliate him, for his own purposes, for his manner was pleasant and suave.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • he determined, on the present occasion, to be eminently conciliatory; for he well knew that although "Missis’ orders" would undoubtedly be followed to the letter, yet he should gain a considerable deal by enlisting the spirit also.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I am sure ... her fears will completely wear off, for there really is nothing in the manners of either but what is highly conciliating.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • no effort at conciliation was made.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He was so extremely conciliatory in his manner that he seemed to apologize to the very newspaper for taking the liberty of reading it.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • This remark was not calculated to make Edward or Elinor more easy, nor to conciliate the good will of Lucy,
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The possibility of some conciliatory message from the general occurred to her as his daughter appeared.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • From the first he had sought to conciliate that gentleman,
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • When they pick up the thread again, Barbara offers a bit of conciliatory praise, about how Sister Sharp, one of her fellow missionaries, told her at church last Sunday that "you were very mannerly."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She seemed to respect him and even to wish to conciliate him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "I am sure she can," Swann hastened to conciliate him.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • I try to sound conciliatory.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • "I really don’t know what to think about you," she began, in a feeble, perverse attempt at conciliation.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • ’He looks well, indeed,’ returned Ralph, who, for some purposes of his own, seemed desirous to conciliate the schoolmaster.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Fyodor Pavlovitch seems to have been the first to suggest, apparently in joke, that they should all meet in Father Zossima’s cell, and that, without appealing to his direct intervention, they might more decently come to an understanding under the conciliating influence of the elder’s presence.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • HECTOR. Very well. You’ll dine with us, Dad, won’t you?
    MALONE. [eager to conciliate him] Yes, yes.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I perceived (here was the first disadvantage of not being a fool) that they conciliated me in an insolent pity, and in a sense of superiority.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Caesar places his hand on Peeta’s chest in a gesture that’s both self-protective and conciliatory.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • DANFORTH, conciliatory: You misunderstand, sir; I cannot pardon these when twelve are already hanged for the same crime. It is not just.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • "Mother," replied the young man, "you have especial reasons for telling me to conciliate that man."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ...but Graff says the girl was rejected for Battle School because she was too pacific, too conciliatory, and above all, too empathic.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • ...he answered in a conciliatory tone.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • he was about as conciliatory to conventional mortals as Ibsen or Samuel Butler.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • If you have never seen that sight, then suspend your decision about the propriety of devil-worship, and the expediency of conciliating the devil.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Why, no," he hastened to say in a conciliating voice "I don’t think I fought the whole battle yesterday."
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
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