the act of expiating.
the means by which atonement or reparation is made.
- ex·pi·a·tion·al, adjective
- non·ex·pi·a·tion, noun
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How to use expiation in a sentence
But law is, at best, an imperfect instrument of grief and expiation.30-Day Sentence for Dharun Ravi in Rutgers Spying Case Is Right | Jay Michaelson | May 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even the priests of the false gods, aghast with horror at his crimes, exclaimed, There is no expiation for deeds like these.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
I felt a secret assurance that he was no longer in a place of expiation, though I ceased not to pray for him.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
It was a hard struggle for Luther to give up the ideas of the Middle Ages in reference to self-expiation.Beacon Lights of History, Volume II | John Lord
The church taught that the world was evil, life here an expiation, heaven the soul's true home.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
The poem entitled The Outcast expresses this feeling of mysterious remorse and unending and unavailing expiation.Studies in Folk-Song and Popular Poetry | Alfred M. Williams
British Dictionary definitions for expiation
the act, process, or a means of expiating; atonement
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