piacular


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pi·ac·u·lar

 (pī-ăk′yə-lər)
adj.
1. Making expiation or atonement for a sacrilege: piacular sacrifice.
2. Requiring expiation; wicked or blameworthy.

[Latin piāculāris, from piāculum, propitiatory sacrifice, from piāre, to appease, from pius, dutiful.]

piacular

(paɪˈækjʊlə)
adj
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) making expiation for a sacrilege
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) requiring expiation
[C17: from Latin piāculum propitiatory sacrifice, from piāre to appease]
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