- able to make atonement or expiation; offered by way of expiation: expiatory sacrifices.
Origin of expiatory
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Examples from the Web for expiatory
We must offer an expiatory sacrifice to Oromasis, for, awful thought!The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
This practice—save the expiatory offerings—was adopted by the Christians.Pagan and Christian Rome
Remorse goaded me to desperation,—desperation prompted the expiatory vow.
It would be an infringement of the sacredness of his expiatory vow.
For this fatal error he offered his own blood as an expiatory sacrifice.
- capable of making expiation
- given or offered in expiation
Word Origin and History for expiatory
1540s, from Latin expiatorius, from expiatus, past participle of expiare (see expiation).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper