piacular

[ pahy-ak-yuh-ler ]
/ paɪˈæk yə lər /

adjective

expiatory; atoning; reparatory.
requiring expiation; sinful or wicked.

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Origin of piacular

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin piāculāris “(of a rite or sacrifice) expiatory, atoning,” equivalent to piācul(um) “expiatory offering, sacrificial victim,” derivative of piā(re) “to propitiate a god, expiate,” derivative of pius “dutiful, faithful (to the gods, one’s country, family, kindred and friends)” + -culum neuter noun suffix for instruments and places + -āris adjective suffix; see -cle2,-ar1

OTHER WORDS FROM piacular

pi·ac·u·lar·ly, adverbpi·ac·u·lar·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for piacular

piacular
/ (paɪˈækjʊlə) /

adjective

making expiation for a sacrilege
requiring expiation

Word Origin for piacular

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