- to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes.
Origin of expiate
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Examples from the Web for expiator
The name of "Hazazel," the expiator, was given to this goat.
- (tr) to atone for or redress (sin or wrongdoing); make amends for
C16: from Latin expiāre, from pius dutiful; see pious
Word Origin and History for expiator
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.
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