piaculative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined a. 1920 by T.S. Eliot, from Latin piaculum (propiatory sacrifice) + -ative

Adjective[edit]

piaculative (comparative more piaculative, superlative most piaculative)

  1. (rare) Piacular; atoning for sin or crime.
    • 1920, T. S. Eliot, “Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service”, in Poems:
      The sable presbyters approach / The avenue of penitence; / The young are red and pustular / Clutching piaculative pence.