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[ek-spee-eyt] /ˈɛk spiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), expiated, expiating.
to atone for; make amends or reparation for:
to expiate one's crimes.
Origin of expiate
1585-95; < Latin expiātus (past participle of expiāre to atone for, make good), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + piā(re) to propitiate (see pious) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
expiator, noun
unexpiated, adjective Unabridged
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  • His vain conceit was continually betraying him into indiscretions, which he was ever quick to expiate by humble acknowledgment.

    A History of American Christianity Leonard Woolsey Bacon
  • Future obedience, supposing it perfect, could not expiate past offences.

  • A lifetime of faithfulness, cost what it may, is not enough to expiate what I did.

    A Lady of Rome F. Marion Crawford
  • Anti-republicans can only expiate their folly under the age of the guillotine.

  • I have prayed to God that she may bring happiness into your life, that she may expiate the wrong her mother did you.

  • Tell our father Kala-hoi, that we fear to meet him, and now go to expiate our crime.'

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • A hundred lives, taken one by one, would not be sufficient to expiate such treason.

    The Cid Campeador Antonio de Trueba
  • "You have got to expiate," Etienne Rambert said with the same harshness.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for expiate


(transitive) to atone for or redress (sin or wrongdoing); make amends for
Derived Forms
expiator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin expiāre, from pius dutiful; see pious
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Word Origin and History for expiate

c.1600 (OED entry has a typographical error in the earliest date), from Latin expiatus, past participle of expiare "to make amends, atone for (see expiation). Related: Expiable (1560s); expiated; expiating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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