verb (used with object), ex·pi·at·ed, ex·pi·at·ing.
Origin of expiate
Examples from the Web for expiate
These are autumnal deaths to expiate the sins of a people and appease the heavens so summer might return.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley|John Garth|November 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Can it, as the prophets suggest, expiate our sins and bring us closer to God?
For thus only can they hope to expiate their great offence in the sight of Heaven.
He could easily finish it in six weeks, and expiate the crime by months of journalism.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
One tale is of an old farmer who, after death, here had to expiate his misdoings.Dartmoor|Arthur L. Salmon
The Sister, by what other virtues can she expiate a neglect of the claims of her beautiful relation?The Young Maiden|A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
"We expiate the happiness of ten years in ten minutes," she heard the duchess say.Modeste Mignon|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for expiate
Word Origin for expiate
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.