expiate


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ex·pi·ate

 (ĕk′spē-āt′)
v. ex·pi·at·ed, ex·pi·at·ing, ex·pi·ates
v.tr.
To make amends or reparation for; atone for: expiate one's sins by acts of penance.
v.intr.
To make amends; atone.

[Latin expiāre, expiāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + piāre, to atone (from pius, devout).]

ex′pi·a′tor n.

expiate

(ˈɛkspɪˌeɪt)
vb
(Ecclesiastical Terms) (tr) to atone for or redress (sin or wrongdoing); make amends for
[C16: from Latin expiāre, from pius dutiful; see pious]
ˈexpiˌator n

ex•pi•ate

(ˈɛk spiˌeɪt)

v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate a crime.
[1585–95; < Latin expiātus, past participle of expiāre=ex- ex-1 + piāre to propitiate]
ex′pi•a`tor, n.

expiate


Past participle: expiated
Gerund: expiating

Imperative
expiate
expiate
Present
I expiate
you expiate
he/she/it expiates
we expiate
you expiate
they expiate
Preterite
I expiated
you expiated
he/she/it expiated
we expiated
you expiated
they expiated
Present Continuous
I am expiating
you are expiating
he/she/it is expiating
we are expiating
you are expiating
they are expiating
Present Perfect
I have expiated
you have expiated
he/she/it has expiated
we have expiated
you have expiated
they have expiated
Past Continuous
I was expiating
you were expiating
he/she/it was expiating
we were expiating
you were expiating
they were expiating
Past Perfect
I had expiated
you had expiated
he/she/it had expiated
we had expiated
you had expiated
they had expiated
Future
I will expiate
you will expiate
he/she/it will expiate
we will expiate
you will expiate
they will expiate
Future Perfect
I will have expiated
you will have expiated
he/she/it will have expiated
we will have expiated
you will have expiated
they will have expiated
Future Continuous
I will be expiating
you will be expiating
he/she/it will be expiating
we will be expiating
you will be expiating
they will be expiating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been expiating
you have been expiating
he/she/it has been expiating
we have been expiating
you have been expiating
they have been expiating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been expiating
you will have been expiating
he/she/it will have been expiating
we will have been expiating
you will have been expiating
they will have been expiating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been expiating
you had been expiating
he/she/it had been expiating
we had been expiating
you had been expiating
they had been expiating
Conditional
I would expiate
you would expiate
he/she/it would expiate
we would expiate
you would expiate
they would expiate
Past Conditional
I would have expiated
you would have expiated
he/she/it would have expiated
we would have expiated
you would have expiated
they would have expiated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.expiate - make amends forexpiate - make amends for; "expiate one's sins"
redress, right, correct, compensate - make reparations or amends for; "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"

expiate

verb (Formal) make amends for, redeem, redress, atone for, do penance for repentant sinners seeking to expiate their wrongdoing
Translations
hyvittääsovittaasynninpäästö

expiate

[ˈekspɪeɪt] VTexpiar

expiate

[ˈɛkspieɪt] vt [+ sin, guilt] → expier

expiate

vtsühnen

expiate

[ˈɛkspɪˌeɪt] vt (fam) → espiare
References in classic literature ?
Be that as it may, if our good senator was a political sinner, he was in a fair way to expiate it by his night's penance.
My horror of having committed a thousand offences I had forgotten, and which nothing could ever expiate - my recollection of that indelible look which Agnes had given me - the torturing impossibility of communicating with her, not knowing, Beast that I was, how she came to be in London, or where she stayed - my disgust of the very sight of the room where the revel had been held - my racking head - the smell of smoke, the sight of glasses, the impossibility of going out, or even getting up
But yet all is not don; Man disobeying, Disloyal breaks his fealtie, and sinns Against the high Supremacie of Heav'n, Affecting God-head, and so loosing all, To expiate his Treason hath naught left, But to destruction sacred and devote, He with his whole posteritie must die, Die hee or Justice must; unless for him Som other able, and as willing, pay The rigid satisfaction, death for death.
But, in order to expiate the sin of avarice, which was my undoing, I oblige each passer-by to give me a blow.
Thou whose injustice hath supplied the cause That makes me quit the weary life I loathe, As by this wounded bosom thou canst see How willingly thy victim I become, Let not my death, if haply worth a tear, Cloud the clear heaven that dwells in thy bright eyes; I would not have thee expiate in aught The crime of having made my heart thy prey; But rather let thy laughter gaily ring And prove my death to be thy festival.
After a wild youth, he had retired into a convent, there to expiate, at least for some time, the follies of adolescence.
Even now he thought me a child, a raw schoolgirl, as much as he did Sasha; and this hurt me extremely, seeing that I had done so much to expiate my former behaviour.
I don't see myself--or you either-- offering ourselves up to expiate her crimes.
Your early recollection, my dear, will supply the gloomy medium through which all this was seen and expressed by the writer, and the distorted religion which clouded her mind with impressions of the need there was for the child to expiate an offence of which she was quite innocent.
I have many sins to expiate, and though I be deathless, life is all too short for the atonement.
Lemarrois had just arrived at a gallop with Bonaparte's stern letter, and Murat, humiliated and anxious to expiate his fault, had at once moved his forces to attack the center and outflank both the Russian wings, hoping before evening and before the arrival of the Emperor to crush the contemptible detachment that stood before him.
Of what crime could she be guilty that she must expiate it in the dreaded arena?