Can it, as the prophets suggest, expiate our sins and bring us closer to God?
These are autumnal deaths to expiate the sins of a people and appease the heavens so summer might return.
His vain conceit was continually betraying him into indiscretions, which he was ever quick to expiate by humble acknowledgment.
Tell our father Kala-hoi, that we fear to meet him, and now go to expiate our crime.'
A lifetime of faithfulness, cost what it may, is not enough to expiate what I did.
"You have got to expiate," Etienne Rambert said with the same harshness.
I have prayed to God that she may bring happiness into your life, that she may expiate the wrong her mother did you.
Future obedience, supposing it perfect, could not expiate past offences.
A hundred lives, taken one by one, would not be sufficient to expiate such treason.
Anti-republicans can only expiate their folly under the age of the guillotine.
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.