expiation

[ ek-spee-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛk spiˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of expiating.
the means by which atonement or reparation is made.

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Origin of expiation

1375–1425; late Middle English expiacioun < Latin expiātiōn- (stem of expiātiō) atonement, satisfaction. See expiate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM expiation

ex·pi·a·tion·al, adjectivenon·ex·pi·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for expiation

expiation
/ (ˌɛkspɪˈeɪʃən) /

noun

the act, process, or a means of expiating; atonement
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