piacular

piacular

[pahy-ak-yuh-ler]
adjective
1.
expiatory; atoning; reparatory.
2.
requiring expiation; sinful or wicked.

Origin:
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

piacularly, adverb
piacularness, noun
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piacular (paɪˈækjʊlə)
 
adj
1.  making expiation for a sacrilege
2.  requiring expiation
 
[C17: from Latin piāculum propitiatory sacrifice, from piāre to appease]

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