[ek-spee-ey-shuh n]


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

Nearby words

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

Origin of expiation

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

Related formsex·pi·a·tion·al, adjectivenon·ex·pi·a·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for expiation



the act, process, or a means of expiating; atonement
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Word Origin and History for expiation



early 15c., via Middle French expiation or directly from Latin expiationem (nominative expiatio) "satisfaction, atonement," noun of action from past participle stem of expiare "make amends," from ex- "completely" (see ex-) + piare "propitiate, appease," from pius "faithful, loyal, devout" (see pious).

The sacrifice of expiation is that which tendeth to appease the wrath of God. [Thomas Norton, translation of Calvin's "Institutes of Christian Religion," 1561]
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