[ek-spee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


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

Origin of expiatory

1540–50; < Late Latin expiātōrius, equivalent to expiā(re) (see expiate) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsnon·ex·pi·a·to·ry, adjective
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capable of making expiation
given or offered in expiation
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Word Origin and History for expiatory

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

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