• WordNet 3.6
    • adj expiative having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation "expiatory (or propitiatory) sacrifice"
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  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.”


In literature:

The moralist is the man who shows life as it is, with its profound lessons of secret expiation which are everywhere imprinted.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
This being done, the ceremony of expiating his sins is performed as follows.
"Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen." by Dr. John Scudder
Ye may deplore your wickedness or folly, but ye cannot expiate it.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
In his apartment was found a large wardrobe; and a month's purloining was thus summarily expiated.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I. February, 1862, No. II." by Various
They compel their enemies to expiate the crime of resisting them.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
Danger was sweet; it was expiation.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
And it has got to be expiated, perhaps that is why my baby is to be taken from me.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
Yes, I was so far guilty, and I make the confession in hopes that some portion of my errors may be expiated by repentance.
"The International Weekly Miscellany, Volume I. No. 9." by Various
They see nothing so very terrible in sin, as to require such an expiation.
"The National Preacher, Vol. 2 No. 7 Dec. 1827" by Aaron W. Leland and Elihu W. Baldwin
Besides, after all, it was the Club, not Jewdwine, that had offended, and it was right that the Club should expiate its offence.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

"We have passed through our purgation,
Once again we are thy kin;
God, accept our expiation,
Maiden pure of mortal sin."
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Then again the voice of vengeance
Pealed from Eachan's lips in hate:
"Childless and dishonoured villain,
Expiation comes too late.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
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
'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 .