ex·​pi·​a·​to·​ry ˈek-spē-ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce expiatory (audio)
: serving to expiate

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of expiatory was in the 15th century

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“Expiatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expiatory. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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