from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Making expiation or atonement for a sacrilege: piacular sacrifice.
- adj. Requiring expiation; wicked or blameworthy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Requiring atonement or reparation; wicked or sinful.
- adj. Expiatory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expiatory; atoning.
- adj. Requiring expiation; criminal; atrociously bad.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Expiatory; having power to atone: as, piacular rites.
- Requiring expiation; blameworthy; criminal; sinful; wicked.
Exactly right, Arnold, on the piacular health care proposals.
I felt the glow of success, raising an academic paper from a piacular rite to -- dare I say it -- art.
The piacular sacrifice took place several days later, by which time Caesar had readied himself for his journey to take up duty under Marcus Minucius Thermus, governor of Asia Province.
“He made his soul an offering for sin,” — a piacular sacrifice for the removing of it away; which the apostle abundantly cleareth, in saying that he was made hamartia, “sin” itself, 2 Cor.v. 21, sin being there put for the adjunct of it, or the punishment due unto it.
And Suetonius, speaking of Otho, says, “He endeavours, by all kinds of piacular sacrifices, to propitiate the manes of Galba, by whom he had seen himself thrust down and expelled.”
“Conspectus ab utrâque acie aliquanto augustior humano visu, sicut cœlo missus piaculum omnis deorum iræ, qui pestam ab suis aversam in hostes ferret;” — “He was looked on by both armies as one more august than a man, as one sent from heaven, to be a piacular sacrifice, to appease the anger of the gods, and to transfer destruction from their own army to the enemies,” Liv.,
Horatius, after making a piacular sacrifice, erected a beam across the street leading from the Vicus Cyprius to the Carinæ, with an altar on each side -- the one dedicated to Juno Sororia and the other to Janus
Still there is reason to believe that the piacular idea of sacrifice was never wholly lost, but that the Hindus, in common with all other races, found occasion -- especially when great calamities befell them -- to appease the gods with the blood of sacrifice.
The fact that in nearly every case those who were rescued from the flood immediately offered piacular sacrifices suggests the recognition in all human history of still another fundamental doctrine of Christianity, the universal sense of sin.
The practical Roman mind seems to have invented a kind of sacrificial insurance, by which a piacular sacrifice might be offered beforehand to atone for any omission in the ritual which was to follow.