[ ek-spee-eyt ]
/ ˈɛk spiˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·pi·at·ed, ex·pi·at·ing.

to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes.

Nearby words

  1. expertism,
  2. expertize,
  3. expertly,
  4. experto crede,
  5. expiable,
  6. expiation,
  7. expiatory,
  8. expiration,
  9. expiration date,
  10. expiratory

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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British Dictionary definitions for expiate


/ (ˈɛkspɪˌeɪt) /


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

Word Origin for expiate

C16: from Latin expiāre, from pius dutiful; see pious

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Word Origin and History for expiate



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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