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expiatory

[ek-spee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɛk spi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
able to make atonement or expiation; offered by way of expiation:
expiatory sacrifices.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Late Latin expiātōrius, equivalent to expiā(re) (see expiate) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
nonexpiatory, adjective
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Examples for expiatory
  • On the third or fourth day, the severer expiatory tortures commence, to which the preceding ceremonies were but preludes.
British Dictionary definitions for expiatory

expiatory

/ˈɛkspɪətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
capable of making expiation
2.
given or offered in expiation
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Word Origin and History for expiatory
adj.

1540s, from Latin expiatorius, from expiatus, past participle of expiare (see expiation).

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