Piacular Pi*ac"u*lar, a. [L. piacularis: cf. F. piaculaire.] 1. Expiatory; atoning. --Sir G. C. Lewis. [1913 Webster]

2. Requiring expiation; criminal; atrociously bad. ``Piacular pollution.'' --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

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  • piacular — piacularly, adv. piacularness, n. /puy ak yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. expiatory; atoning; reparatory. 2. requiring expiation; sinful or wicked. [1600 10; < L piacularis atoning, equiv. to piacul(um) a means of atoning (pia(re) to appease, deriv. of pius …   Universalium

  • piacular — adjective a) Requiring atonement or reparation; wicked or sinful. b) Expiatory …   Wiktionary

  • piacular — paɪ ækjÉ™lÉ™(r) / kjÊŠl adj. making expiation, atoning; wicked, sinful, needs atonement or expiation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • piacular — [pʌɪ akjʊlə] adjective rare making or requiring atonement. Origin C17: from L. piacularis, from piaculum expiation …   English new terms dictionary

  • piacular — pi·ac·u·lar …   English syllables

  • piacular — /paɪˈækjələ/ (say puy akyuhluh) adjective 1. → expiatory. 2. requiring expiation; sinful; wicked. {Latin piāculāris} …   Australian English dictionary

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