piacular

[pahy-ak-yuh-ler]

Origin of piacular

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
Related formspi·ac·u·lar·ly, adverbpi·ac·u·lar·ness, noun
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piacular

adjective
  1. making expiation for a sacrilege
  2. requiring expiation

Word Origin for piacular

C17: from Latin piāculum propitiatory sacrifice, from piāre to appease
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