[ 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.

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 forms

ex·pi·a·tor, nounun·ex·pi·at·ed, adjective
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/ (ˈɛkspɪˌeɪt) /


(tr) to atone for or redress (sin or wrongdoing); make amends for

Derived Forms

expiator, noun

Word Origin for expiate

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