expiatory
adjective Date: 15th century serving to expiate

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Expiatory — Ex pi*a*to*ry, a. [L. expiatorius: cf. F. expiatoire.] Having power, or intended, to make expiation; atoning; as, an expiatory sacrifice. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expiatory — index compensatory, penitent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • expiatory — 1540s, from L. expiatorius, from expiatus, pp. of expiare (see EXPIATION (Cf. expiation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • expiatory — [eks′pē ə tôr΄ē] adj. [LL expiatorius] that expiates or is meant to expiate …   English World dictionary

  • expiatory — /ek spee euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. able to make atonement or expiation; offered by way of expiation: expiatory sacrifices. [1540 50; < LL expiatorius, equiv. to expia(re) (see EXPIATE) + torius TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • expiatory — expiate ► VERB ▪ atone for (guilt or sin). DERIVATIVES expiable adjective expiation noun expiator noun expiatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin expiare appease by sacrifice , from pius pious …   English terms dictionary

  • expiatory — adjective having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation expiatory (or propitiatory) sacrifice • Syn: ↑expiative, ↑propitiatory • Pertains to noun: ↑expiation (for: ↑expiative), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • expiatory — adjective Of or pertaining to expiation …   Wiktionary

  • expiatory — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Serving to purify of sin: lustral, lustrative, purgative, purgatorial, purificatory. See CLEAN, RELIGION …   English dictionary for students

  • expiatory — ex·pi·a·to·ry || ekspɪətÉ”rɪ / tÉ™rɪ adj. atoning, serving to make amends …   English contemporary dictionary

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