- Atone for (guilt or sin): their sins must be expiated by sacrificeMore example sentences
- I agree with you David, and I think this is the way that he deals with his problems, and in fact the way he expiates his guilt.
- Founded exactly 25 years ago, this group of ostentatious do-gooders vow ‘to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt’.
- This is not simply the story of a gentle, deluded old man whose attempts to expiate his guilt were poorly judged.
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- In an expiatory sacrifice the blood which is shed is regarded as wiping out a transgression.
- Any expiatory rite is focused on the human predicament - on the problem of sin or cultic impurity.
- Accordingly, he sees storytelling festivals as large expiatory and redemptory rituals of an almost religious kind.
late 16th century (in the sense 'end (rage, sorrow, etc.) by suffering it to the full'): from Latin expiat- 'appeased by sacrifice', from the verb expiare, from ex- 'out' + piare (from pius 'pious').