able to make atonement or expiation; offered by way of expiation: expiatory sacrifices.
- non·ex·pi·a·to·ry, adjective
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How to use expiatory in a sentence
Where, on the other hand, the victim is a fellow tribesman, the sacrifice is expiatory or piacular.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 | Andrew Lang
And, third, Are his sufferings expiatory—the meritorious cause of human salvation?The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. II (of 2) | Timothy East
He came in one morning, after he had concluded his suspicions were wrong, and made a sort of expiatory call.Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885 | Various
A great expiatory sacrifice succeeded in finally calming him.
Piacular, pī-ak′ū-lar, adj. serving to appease, expiatory: requiring expiation: atrociously bad.
British Dictionary definitions for expiatory
capable of making expiation
given or offered in expiation
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