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Meaning of EXPIATION

Pronunciation:  `ekspee'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
  2. [n]  compensation for a wrong; "we were unable to get satisfaction from the local store"

EXPIATION is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: atonement, atonement, propitiation, satisfaction
 See Also: amends, amends, damages, indemnification, indemnity, redemption, redress, reparation, restitution, salvation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex`pi*a"tion\, n. [L. expiatio: cf.F. expiation]
1. The act of making satisfaction or atonement for any crime
   or fault; the extinguishing of guilt by suffering or

         His liberality seemed to have something in it of
         self-abasement and expiation.         --W. Irving.

2. The means by which reparation or atonement for crimes or
   sins is made; an expiatory sacrifice or offering; an

         Those shadowy expiations weak, The blood of bulls
         and goats.                            --Milton.

3. An act by which the treats of prodigies were averted among
   the ancient heathen. [Obs.] --Hayward.

Easton Bible Dictionary

Guilt is said to be expiated when it is visited with punishment falling on a substitute. Expiation is made for our sins when they are punished not in ourselves but in another who consents to stand in our room. It is that by which reconciliation is effected. Sin is thus said to be "covered" by vicarious satisfaction.

The cover or lid of the ark is termed in the LXX. hilasterion, that which covered or shut out the claims and demands of the law against the sins of God's people, whereby he became "propitious" to them.

The idea of vicarious expiation runs through the whole Old Testament system of sacrifices. (See PROPITIATION.)

Thesaurus Terms
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