Definition of Expiate

1. Verb. Make amends for. "Expiate one's sins"

Exact synonyms: Aby, Abye, Atone
Generic synonyms: Compensate, Correct, Redress, Right
Derivative terms: Atonement, Expiation, Expiation, Expiative, Expiatory



Definition of Expiate

1. v. t. To extinguish the guilt of by sufferance of penalty or some equivalent; to make complete satisfaction for; to atone for; to make amends for; to make expiation for; as, to expiate a crime, a guilt, or sin.

2. a. Terminated.

Definition of Expiate

1. Verb. (transitive or intransitive) To atone or make reparation for. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To make amends or pay the penalty for. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To relieve or cleanse of guilt. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Expiate

1. to atone for [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Medical Definition of Expiate

1. 1. To extinguish the guilt of by sufferance of penalty or some equivalent; to make complete satisfaction for; to atone for; to make amends for; to make expiation for; as, to expiate a crime, a guilt, or sin. "To expiate his treason, hath naught left." (Milton) "The Treasurer obliged himself to expiate the injury." (Clarendon) 2. To purify with sacred rites. "Neither let there be found among you any one that shall expiate his son or daughter, making them to pass through the fire." (Deut. Xviii. 10 (Douay version)) Origin: L. Expiatus, p.p. Of expiare to expiate; ex out + piare to seek to appease, to purify with sacred rites, fr. Pius pious. See Pious. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Expiate

experting
expertise
expertises
expertism
expertisms
expertize
expertized
expertizes
expertizing
expertly
expertness
expertnesses
experts
expetible
expiable
expiate (current term)
expiated
expiates
expiating
expiations
expiative
expiator
expiatorious
expiators
expiatory
expidite
expidited
expidites
expiditing

Literary usage of Expiate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"Duke Ernest is son-in-law of Kaiser Konrad II. Having murdered his feudal lord, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to expiate his crime, ..."

2. The Church History of Britain, from the Birth of Jesus Christ Until the Year by Thomas Fuller, James Nichols (1842)
"For which, we may conceive, afterwards they sped never a whit the better. To give some instances of many. 2—5. Peterborough-Abbey founded to expiate Murder. ..."

3. The Hedaya, Or Guide: A Commentary on the Mussulman Laws by ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr] [al-Marghīnānī, Charles Hamilton (1870)
"Fasting the only mode in which a slave can expiate ... any thing in his own right as a proprietor, and consequently cannot expiate in any other way. ..."

4. General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander, Joseph Torrey (1849)
"even by their sufferings they could not expiate sin.1 There were confessors, who, in an authoritative tone, gave to all applicants the peace of the church, ..."

5. Ireland Past and Present by Augustus J. Thébaud, John Habberton (1878)
""We begin now to expiate a long course of neglect. Such is the law of justice. If we are asked why we have to support half the population of Ireland, ..."

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