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Friday, April 21, 2000

Definitions for expiate

  1. To make amends for; to atone for.

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Citations for expiate
Then his devout and long-suffering widow, a princess born, built a beautiful church on the estate to expiate his sins. Serge Schmemann, Echoes of a Native Land
And if you have offended each other, you expiate your sins and offenses by confessing them and apologizing. Aung San Suu Kyi, The Voice of Hope
Origin of expiate
1585-1595
Expiate comes from Latin expiare, from ex-, here used intensively, + piare, to seek to appease by an offering, to make good, to atone for, from pius, dutiful.
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