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expiatory

[ ek-spee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF expiatory

Synonyms for expiatory

  • expiative
  • propitiatory
  • atonable
  • atoneable
  • conciliative
  • conciliatory
  • expiable
  • lustral
  • lustrative
  • propitiative
  • purgatorial
  • purificatory
  • purifying
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPIATORY

We must offer an expiatory sacrifice to Oromasis, for, awful thought!

This practice—save the expiatory offerings—was adopted by the Christians.

It would be an infringement of the sacredness of his expiatory vow.

Remorse goaded me to desperation,—desperation prompted the expiatory vow.

For this fatal error he offered his own blood as an expiatory sacrifice.

Punishment, or expiatory discipline, if you please, has brought him to this conclusion.

The war for the Union has been expiatory not less than patriotic.

And, indeed, his deprivation seemed to have an expiatory effect.

The demolition of the Expiatory Chapel was commenced to-day.

This call was assuredly Andrew's way of expiatory repentance.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Latin expiatorius, from expiatus, past participle of expiare (see expiation).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXPIATORY

apologetic

adjectiveexpressing remorse, regret
  • atoning
  • attritional
  • compunctious
  • conciliatory
  • contrite
  • expiatory
  • explanatory
  • on one's knees
  • penitent
  • penitential
  • propitiatory
  • regretful
  • remorseful
  • repentant
  • rueful
  • self-effacing
  • self-incriminating
  • sorry
  • supplicating

purgatorial

adjectivepurgative
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