Definition of piacular in English:

piacular

adjective

rare
  • Making or requiring atonement.

    • ‘If the omen is such that this question is answered in the negative, we go back and do another piacular offering, then start this part over.’
    • ‘These terms draw attention to the formal distinction between sacrifices offered for persons and those offered on behalf of social groups, but we shall see that they differ also in intention, the first having primarily a piacular intention, and the second a confirmatory one.’
    • ‘I would never do a ritual without a piacular offering – just in case.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin piacularis, from piaculum expiation, from piare appease.

Pronunciation:

piacular

/pʌɪˈakjʊlə/