- expiatory; atoning; reparatory.
- requiring expiation; sinful or wicked.
Origin of piacular
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Examples from the Web for piacular
Where, on the other hand, the victim is a fellow tribesman, the sacrifice is expiatory or piacular.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
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.
- making expiation for a sacrilege
- requiring expiation
C17: from Latin piāculum propitiatory sacrifice, from piāre to appease
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