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synonyms for expiatory

  • expiative
  • propitiatory
  • atonable
  • atoneable
  • conciliative
  • conciliatory
  • expiable
  • lustral
  • lustrative
  • propitiative
  • purgatorial
  • purificatory
  • purifying
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How to use expiatory in a sentence

Where, on the other hand, the victim is a fellow tribesman, the sacrifice is expiatory or piacular.
MYTH, RITUAL, AND RELIGION, VOL. 1ANDREW LANG
And, third, Are his sufferings expiatory—the meritorious cause of human salvation?
THE SHEEPFOLD AND THE COMMON, VOL. II (OF 2)TIMOTHY EAST
He came in one morning, after he had concluded his suspicions were wrong, and made a sort of expiatory call.
LIPPINCOTT'S MAGAZINE, AUGUST, 1885VARIOUS
A great expiatory sacrifice succeeded in finally calming him.
THE CONTEMPORARY REVIEW, VOLUME 36, NOVEMBER 1879VARIOUS
Piacular, pī-ak′ū-lar, adj. serving to appease, expiatory: requiring expiation: atrociously bad.
CHAMBERS'S TWENTIETH CENTURY DICTIONARY (PART 3 OF 4: N-R)VARIOUS
Her death was not avenged, perhaps because they considered it as an expiatory sacrifice.
AN ACCOUNT OF THE ENGLISH COLONY IN NEW SOUTH WALES, VOL. 1DAVID COLLINS
They even instituted an expiatory feast for these two pretended sacrileges.
A PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY, VOLUME 3 (OF 10)FRANOIS-MARIE AROUET (AKA VOLTAIRE)
Human sacrifices an Accadian institution; children burnt to death as expiatory offerings by their fathers, 75.
ASSYRIA, ITS PRINCES, PRIESTS AND PEOPLEA. H. (ARCHIBALD HENRY) SAYCE
By neglecting this point, projectors perpetually realize the expiatory fable of the Danaïds.
A DICTIONARY OF ARTS, MANUFACTURES AND MINESANDREW URE
Over it an expiatory chapel was built, with buildings adjoining, the whole forming a very beautiful structure.
PARIS: WITH PEN AND PENCILDAVID W. BARTLETT
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WORDS RELATED TO EXPIATORY

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