piacular

[ pahy-ak-yuh-ler ]
/ paɪˈæk yə lər /
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adjective

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

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 forms

pi·ac·u·lar·ly, adverbpi·ac·u·lar·ness, noun
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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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