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expiatory

[ ek-spee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈɛk spi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective

able to make atonement or expiation; offered by way of expiation: expiatory sacrifices.

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Origin of expiatory

1540–50; <Late Latin expiātōrius, equivalent to expiā(re) (see expiate) + -tōrius-tory1
non·ex·pi·a·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for expiatory

expiatory
/ (ˈɛkspɪətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

capable of making expiation
given or offered in expiation
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