[ek-spee-eyt] /ˈɛk spiˌeɪt/

verb (used with object), expiated, expiating.
to atone for; make amends or reparation for:
to expiate one’s crimes.
(transitive) to atone for or redress (sin or wrongdoing); make amends for

c.1600 (OED entry has a typographical error in the earliest date), from Latin expiatus, past participle of expiare “to make amends, atone for (see expiation). Related: Expiable (1560s); expiated; expiating.


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