But law is, at best, an imperfect instrument of grief and expiation.
For “without shedding of Blood is no remission,” and the Blood of expiation once shed, can be shed no more for ever.
There is but one abode for the blessed, my dear mademoiselle, and one expiation for us all.
Now the penalty inflicted as an expiation is only a manifestation of the public anger, the material proof of its unanimity.
That thing which he was minded to do would be expiation in the sight of Heaven.
It seems like shirking, remonstrated Drayton, his restored manliness eager to begin an expiation.
In doing for her lay the only expiation possible for him in the world.
With the old conception of law and the expiation of crime it was otherwise.
I have imposed this penance on myself in expiation of my offences as a son and as a husband.
Most certainly, he paid no heed to the fact that his seven years of expiation were nearly sped.
early 15c., via Middle French expiation or directly from Latin expiationem (nominative expiatio) "satisfaction, atonement," noun of action from past participle stem of expiare "make amends," from ex- "completely" (see ex-) + piare "propitiate, appease," from pius "faithful, loyal, devout" (see pious).
The sacrifice of expiation is that which tendeth to appease the wrath of God. [Thomas Norton, translation of Calvin's "Institutes of Christian Religion," 1561]
Guilt is said to be expiated when it is visited with punishment falling on a substitute. Expiation is made for our sins when they are punished not in ourselves but in another who consents to stand in our room. It is that by which reconciliation is effected. Sin is thus said to be "covered" by vicarious satisfaction. The cover or lid of the ark is termed in the LXX. hilasterion, that which covered or shut out the claims and demands of the law against the sins of God's people, whereby he became "propitious" to them. The idea of vicarious expiation runs through the whole Old Testament system of sacrifices. (See PROPITIATION.)