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[pahy-ak-yuh-ler] /paɪˈæk yə lər/
adjective
1.
expiatory; atoning; reparatory.
2.
requiring expiation; sinful or wicked.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin piāculāris atoning, equivalent to piācul(um) a means of atoning (piā(re) to appease, derivative of pius pious + -culum -cule2) + -āris -ar1
Related forms
piacularly, adverb
piacularness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for piacular

piacular

/paɪˈækjʊlə/
adjective
1.
making expiation for a sacrilege
2.
requiring expiation
Word Origin
C17: from Latin piāculum propitiatory sacrifice, from piāre to appease
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