expiation


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ex·pi·a·tion

 (ĕk′spē-ā′shən)
n.
1. The act of expiating; atonement.
2. A means of expiating.

ex′pi·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.

expiation

(ˌɛkspɪˈeɪʃən)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the act, process, or a means of expiating; atonement

ex•pi•a•tion

(ˌɛk spiˈeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of expiating.
2. the means by which atonement is made.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expiation - compensation for a wrongexpiation - compensation for a wrong; "we were unable to get satisfaction from the local store"
amends, damages, indemnification, redress, restitution, indemnity - a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
2.expiation - the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)expiation - the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
redemption, salvation - (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
amends, reparation - something done or paid in expiation of a wrong; "how can I make amends"

expiation

noun (Formal) amends, redemption, redress, atonement, penance, shrift (archaic) a rite of expiation for their sins
Translations

expiation

[ˌekspɪˈeɪʃən] Nexpiación f

expiation

[ˌɛkspiˈeɪʃən] n [guilt] → expiation f

expiation

n in expiation ofals Sühne für
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And thus, while standing on the scaffold, in this vain show of expiation, Mr.
Let this be said for her; let the truth which has been told of the fault be told of the expiation as well.
I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out.
If the day were half as tremendous to any other professional gentleman in Doctors' Commons as it was to me, I sincerely believe he made some expiation for his share in that rotten old ecclesiastical cheese.
No doubt, in the eyes of men, it has none; but I look on it as a slight expiation for a fearful sin of which I have been guilty, and if your Highness will deign to listen to my tale, you will see that no punishment could atone for the crime.
My first impulse, on coming to myself, was to feel under my pillow for the knife I had not been able to reach; if it had not been useful for defense, it might at least serve for expiation.
As for myself, I can assure you of one thing, -- the more men you see die, the easier it becomes to die yourself; and in my opinion, death may be a torture, but it is not an expiation.
From some quarter, or other, a rumor had got abroad that Miss Monson's governess was of a noble family, a circumstance that I soon discovered had great influence in New York, doubtless by way of expiation for the rigid democratical notions that so universally pervade its society.
Besides, those who contrive this plan of community cannot easily avoid the following evils; namely, blows, murders involuntary or voluntary, quarrels, and reproaches, all which it would be impious indeed to be guilty of towards our fathers and mothers, or those who are nearly related to us; though not to those who are not connected to us by any tie of affinity: and certainly these mischiefs must necessarily happen oftener amongst those who do not know how they are connected to each other than those who do; and when they do happen, if it is among the first of these, they admit of a legal expiation, but amongst the latter that cannot be done.
Our talent is a sort of expiation, and we are constrained to reflect on our splendid moment with a certain humiliation, as somewhat too fine, and not as one act of many acts, a fair expression of our permanent energy.
One often encountered in the most frequented street, in the most crowded and noisy market, in the very middle, under the feet of the horses, under the wheels of the carts, as it were, a cellar, a well, a tiny walled and grated cabin, at the bottom of which a human being prayed night and day, voluntarily devoted to some eternal lamentation, to some great expiation.
As for me, if suffering be an expiation, then at this moment I have expiated all my faults, whatever they have been; for to-night you have made a heart in one who had it not, made it and broken it.