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Meaning of EXPIATE

Pronunciation:  'ekspee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  make amends for; "expiate one's sins"

EXPIATE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: aby, abye, atone
 See Also: compensate, correct, redress, right



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 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. --Milton.
             The Treasurer obliged himself to expiate the injury.
    2. To purify with sacred rites. [Obs.]
             Neither let there be found among you any one that
             shall expiate his son or daughter, making them to
             pass through the fire.                --Deut. xviii.
                                                   10 (Douay
  2. \Ex"pi*ate\, a. [L. expiatus,p. p]
    Terminated. [Obs.] --Shak.
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