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.
It seemed a little like expiation, too, working here for you, unknown to you.
Now the penalty inflicted as an expiation is only a manifestation of the public anger, the material proof of its unanimity.
What expiation could she offer hereafter if she were to persevere in this love-affair?
It seems like shirking, remonstrated Drayton, his restored manliness eager to begin an expiation.
There is but one abode for the blessed, my dear mademoiselle, and one expiation for us all.
With the old conception of law and the expiation of crime it was otherwise.
That thing which he was minded to do would be expiation in the sight of Heaven.
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]