Saturday, February 21, 2004
Definitions for expiate
- 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.
And if you have offended each other, you expiate your sins and offenses by confessing them and apologizing.
Origin of expiate
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.