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- n. The quality of being piacular; criminality; wickedness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being piacular; criminality; wickedness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being piacular; criminality; badness.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
This notion it is hard to express in modern phrase, for we have no idea exactly corresponding to it; but in Latin it was called _piacularity_.
_piacularity_; which is an idea thus far like hereditary sin, that it expresses an evil to which the party affected has not consciously concurred; which is thus far _not_ like hereditary sin, that it expresses an evil personal to the individual, and not extending itself to the race.