• WordNet 3.6
    • adj expiatory having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation "expiatory (or propitiatory) sacrifice"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Expiatory Having power, or intended, to make expiation; atoning; as, an expiatory sacrifice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • expiatory Having the power to make atonement or expiation; offered by way of expiation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Expiatory having the power to make expiation or atonement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expiatorius,: cf. F. expiatoire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. expiāre, -ātumex, inten., piāre, to appease, atone for.


In literature:

Did Moses then ask to be made an expiatory sacrifice for the sin of Israel!
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
What shall I do when my expiatory work is finished?
"Bessie's Fortune" by Mary J. Holmes
He must take his chance for the expiatory addresses.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
In our view, punishment ought to be regarded as at once an expiation and a discipline, or, in other words, an expiatory discipline.
"Crime and Its Causes" by William Douglas Morrison
Both were alike expiatory, were in fact subdivisions of the same class of offerings.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Barnave, who might have saved the monarchy, had he only united with Mirabeau, was just commencing his expiatory sentence.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
After he had requested a splendid expiatory service to be performed, he left the monastery.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
Henceforth the ceremonial, instead of placatory and expiatory, became nuptial.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The demolition of the Expiatory Chapel was commenced to-day.
"The Insurrection in Paris" by An Englishman: Davy
It would be an infringement of the sacredness of his expiatory vow.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz