expiate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v expiate make amends for "expiate one's sins"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Expiate Terminated.
    • Expiate To extinguish the guilt of by sufferance of penalty or some equivalent; to make complete satisfaction for; to atone for; to make amends for; to make expiation for; as, to expiate a crime, a guilt, or sin. "To expiate his treason, hath naught left.""The Treasurer obliged himself to expiate the injury."
    • Expiate To purify with sacred rites. "Neither let there be found among you any one that shall expiate his son or daughter, making them to pass through the fire."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • expiate To atone for; make satisfaction or reparation for; remove or endeavor to remove the moral guilt of (a crime or evil act), or counteract its evil effects, by suffering a penalty or doing some counterbalancing good.
    • expiate To avert by certain observances.
    • expiate Expired.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Expiate eks′pi-āt to make complete atonement for: to make satisfaction or reparation for
    • p.adj Expiate (Shak.) expired
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Quotations

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    “All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expiatus, p. p. of expiare, to expiate; ex, out + piare, to seek to appease, to purify with sacred rites, fr. pius, pious. See Pious

Usage

In literature:

He may turn me out, but I'll go, and try to expiate the breach of faith that I fear is so horribly wicked.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
And now to be killed in an hour, in attempted expiation of a deed for which it bore no guilt!
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Human guilt could not be expiated without blood!
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
Had he expiated his apostacy and his fall?
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
God had appointed water of expiation to be used by the Jews, Numbers XIX.
"The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome" by Charles Michael Baggs
The murder of heralds must by all means be expiated.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
It is then in the power of the assembly to prescribe some form of expiation.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
In order to expiate the crimes of the past he must repeat the basal blunder that was the cause and source of them.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
The crime and folly of the court of Ravenna were expiated a third time by the calamities of Rome.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
Thou hast therefore some fault, I ween, which hath been expiated thus.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
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In poetry:

My only guilt was that I saw thee,
Which I to pardon have no might,
Mine arm I'll stretch for ever vainly
To expiate my dream of light.
"So Fresh Thou Art .." by Mihai Eminescu
Then Justice grasped his gleaming sword,
All keenly drawn from point to hilt,
And waits the bidding of his Lord
To expiate the culprit's guilt.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
To expiate is still my lot,--
And, like the Ancient Mariner,
To show to others how things are
And what I am, still helps me blot
A little from that crime's red scar,
That on my soul is branded hot.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
'Tis fixed--for them that violate
The eternal laws, naught shall avail
Till they their error expiate;
Nor shall their unborn children fail
To pay the full required weight
Into God's great, unerring scale.
"Fragment" by James Weldon Johnson
I can conceive a world, in dreams;
A happy, restful world it seems;
A wise, well-ordered globe wherein
Men toil to expiate a sin,
While harmless and right-thinking folk
Have nought to do but sit and smoke.
"The Weary Philosopher" by C J Dennis
Has He no friends then, no father nor mother,
None to wipe the sweat away nor pity His fate?
There's a woman weeping and there's none to soothe her:
Child, it is well the seducer expiate
His crimes that are so great.
"Good Friday, A.D. 33" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Fox Journalist Expiates John Mitchell .
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