- making atonement; expiatory
- calling for expiation or atonement; sinful; wicked
Origin of piacularClassical Latin piacularis from piaculum, expiatory sacrifice from piare, to appease, expiate; akin to pius, pious
- Making expiation or atonement for a sacrilege: piacular sacrifice.
- Requiring expiation; wicked or blameworthy.
Origin of piacularLatin piāculāris from piāculum propitiatory sacrifice from piāre to appease from pius dutiful
(comparative more piacular, superlative most piacular)
Early 17th century, from the Latin piacularis via the French piaculaire.