- the act of expiating.
- the means by which atonement or reparation is made.
Origin of expiation
Examples from the Web for expiation
But law is, at best, an imperfect instrument of grief and expiation.30-Day Sentence for Dharun Ravi in Rutgers Spying Case Is Right
May 21, 2012
Not unto me the strength be ascribed; not unto me the wringing of the expiation!'Little Dorrit
There is but one abode for the blessed, my dear mademoiselle, and one expiation for us all.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
With the old conception of law and the expiation of crime it was otherwise.The Sexual Question
That thing which he was minded to do would be expiation in the sight of Heaven.The Shadow of a Crime
Such a provocation as he gave me could have but one expiation.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- the act, process, or a means of expiating; atonement
Word Origin and History for expiation
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]