verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Latin expiatus, past participle of expiare to atone for, from ex- + piare to atone for, appease, from pius faithful, pious Date: circa 1500 transitive verb 1. obsolete to put an end to 2. a. to extinguish the guilt incurred by b. to make amends for <
permission to expiate their offences by their assiduous labours — Francis Bacon
intransitive verb to make expiation • expiable adjectiveexpiator noun

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  • Expiate — Ex pi*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expiating}.] [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}.] 1. To extinguish the guilt of by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expiate — vb Expiate, atone mean to make amends or give satisfaction for an offense, a sin, a crime, or a wrong. The same distinctions in implications and connotations are observable in their derivative nouns expiation and atonement. Expiate and expiation… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Expiate — Ex pi*ate, a. [L. expiatus,p. p] Terminated. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expiate — index redeem (satisfy debts), redress, repent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • expiate — c.1600 (OED entry has a typographical error in the earliest date), from L. expiatus, pp. of expiare to make amends, atone for (see EXPIATION (Cf. expiation)). Related: Expiable (1560s); expiated; expiating …   Etymology dictionary

  • expiate — [v] make amends for absolve, amend, appease, atone, atone for, compensate, correct, do penance, excuse, forgive, pay one’s dues*, rectify, redeem, redress, remedy, square things*; concepts 67,126 …   New thesaurus

  • expiate — ► VERB ▪ atone for (guilt or sin). DERIVATIVES expiable adjective expiation noun expiator noun expiatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin expiare appease by sacrifice , from pius pious …   English terms dictionary

  • expiate — [eks′pē āt΄] vt. expiated, expiating [< L expiatus, pp. of expiare, to make satisfaction or atonement < ex , out + piare, to appease, akin to pius, PIOUS] 1. to make amends or reparation for (wrongdoing or guilt); atone for 2. to pay the… …   English World dictionary

  • expiate — verb /ˈɛk.spi.eɪt/ a) To atone or make reparation for. Thus those pious souls who expiate the remainder of their sins amidst such tortures will receive a special and opportune consolation, b) To make amends or pay the penalty for. I am going out… …   Wiktionary

  • expiate — UK [ˈekspɪeɪt] / US [ˈekspɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms expiate : present tense I/you/we/they expiate he/she/it expiates present participle expiating past tense expiated past participle expiated very formal to show that you are sorry for… …   English dictionary

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