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  1. expiatory; atoning; reparatory.
  2. requiring expiation; sinful or wicked.
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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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Examples from the Web for piacular

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • Mourning offers us a first and important example of piacular rites.

  • By all these signs, the characteristic traits of the piacular rites are to be recognized.

  • But as piacular rites are met with even in the Australian societies, it is impossible to assign them so late an origin.

  • Outside of mourning, such are the only cases of piacular rites which we have succeeded in finding in Australia.

British Dictionary definitions for piacular


  1. making expiation for a sacrilege
  2. requiring expiation
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Word Origin

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