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[ek-spee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɛk spi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/

able to make atonement or expiation; offered by way of expiation:
expiatory sacrifices.
/ˈɛkspɪətərɪ; -trɪ/
capable of making expiation
given or offered in expiation

1540s, from Latin expiatorius, from expiatus, past participle of expiare (see expiation).


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