Definition of Expiation

1. Noun. Compensation for a wrong. "We were unable to get satisfaction from the local store"

Exact synonyms: Atonement, Satisfaction
Generic synonyms: Amends, Damages, Indemnification, Indemnity, Redress, Restitution
Derivative terms: Atone, Expiate

2. Noun. The act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity).
Exact synonyms: Atonement, Propitiation
Generic synonyms: Redemption, Salvation
Specialized synonyms: Amends, Reparation
Derivative terms: Atone, Expiate

Definition of Expiation

1. n. The act of making satisfaction or atonement for any crime or fault; the extinguishing of guilt by suffering or penalty.

Definition of Expiation

1. Noun. An act of atonement for a sin or wrongdoing. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) The act of expiating or stripping off; plunder; pillage. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Expiation

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Medical Definition of Expiation

1. 1. The act of making satisfaction or atonement for any crime or fault; the extinguishing of guilt by suffering or penalty. "His liberality seemed to have something in it of self-abasement and expiation." (W. Irving) 2. The means by which reparation or atonement for crimes or sins is made; an expiatory sacrifice or offering; an atonement. "Those shadowy expiations weak, The blood of bulls and goats." (Milton) 3. An act by which the treats of prodigies were averted among the ancient heathen. Origin: L. Expiatio: cf.F. Expiation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Expiation

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Literary usage of Expiation

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

1. The Hedaya, Or Guide: A Commentary on the Mussulman Laws by ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr] [al-Marghīnānī, Charles Hamilton (1870)
"К .-ause the abstinence observed in that period i» not counted in expiation ; for if it were to sively ; and this being still in his ..."

2. The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas by Edvard Westermarck (1908)
"In the sacred books of India "austerity" is mentioned as a means of expiation side by side with sacrifice, fasting, and giving gifts.5 When an ascetic ..."

3. The count of Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1846)
"expiation. Thus Villefort passed through the mass of spectators and officers of the Palais and withdrew. Though he had acknowledged his guilt, ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Other noteworthy churches are: the Chapelle de l'expiation built in 1436 on the site of the above-mentioned synagogue, in expiation of the sacrilege; ..."

5. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"expiation ! " was the word forever on his lips, and he paced up and down his prison, or squatted on the floor, a crucifix in his hands, and muttering ..."

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