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expiate

[ek-spee-eyt]
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verb (used with object), ex·pi·at·ed, ex·pi·at·ing.
  1. to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes.
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Origin of expiate

1585–95; < Latin expiātus (past participle of expiāre to atone for, make good), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + piā(re) to propitiate (see pious) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsex·pi·a·tor, nounun·ex·pi·at·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The name of "Hazazel," the expiator, was given to this goat.

    Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary

    Voltaire


British Dictionary definitions for expiator

expiate

verb
  1. (tr) to atone for or redress (sin or wrongdoing); make amends for
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Derived Formsexpiator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin expiāre, from pius dutiful; see pious
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Word Origin and History for expiator

expiate

v.

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.

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