expiatory


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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.

expiatory

(ˈɛkspɪətərɪ; -trɪ)
adj
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) capable of making expiation
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) given or offered in expiation

ex•pi•a•to•ry

(ˈɛk spi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

adj.
offered as expiation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.expiatory - having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation; "expiatory (or propitiatory) sacrifice"

expiatory

adjective
Serving to purify of sin:
Translations

expiatory

[ˈekspɪətərɪ] ADJexpiatorio

expiatory

adjSühne-; expiatory offeringSühneopfer nt
References in classic literature ?
I had an absolute certainty that I should see again what I had already seen, but something within me said that by offering myself bravely as the sole subject of such experience, by accepting, by inviting, by surmounting it all, I should serve as an expiatory victim and guard the tranquility of my companions.
The steam-yacht, built in the Clyde, and fitted with tiled bath-rooms and other unheard-of luxuries, was said to have cost him half a million; and the pearl necklace which he had presented to his wife on his return was as magnificent as such expiatory offerings are apt to be.
The Roman made an expiatory offering, and prayed, Whatever god or goddess thou art to whom this grove is sacred, be propitious to me, my family, and children, etc.
Thus to the expiatory tomb, Untimely sepulchre, I do devote thee In the name of Lalage!
A house of atonement, or expiatory chapel, fitted with
The argument can thus be made that the atoning death of Jesus removes the expiatory rationale for the death penalty.
Author Carl Mark Gussin notes that for the Bene Israel, Tashlich's popularity may be ascribed to its resemblances to Hindu purification rites, such as Avabharta Snana (Sanskrit: expiatory bath), whereby devotees physically and symbolically wash away their sins at a river, ocean/sea, tank, waterfall, etc.
come a-running bearing aid, all you to whom Prosperity is beloved and Salvation dear, so that this unclean world may be cleansed by a single expiatory sacrifice, and purity may reign everywhere, and that this offscouring may be consecrated as an offering to Sterculius the god and the goddess Cloacina.
Calvin speaks of the cross "chiefly as Christ's expiatory sacrifice whereby he removes and destroys the sin that stains humanity" (97).
In wide-ranging commentary that tracks with the teachings of Aquinas, he examines the aqeudah, the near-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham and then builds toward the concept of the Eucharist as expiatory sacrifice and the primary element in the communion of charity.
11cd) much as Vyasa has just warned him, but rather than expiatory measures, he says he wants to free himself by fierce tapas, closing with a curious line, "Grandfather, tell me about some especially good hermitages" (asramams ca visesams tvam mamacaksva pitamaha)" (p.
Frequently traditional, adjunctive interventions employed by clergy (confession, witnessing, meditation, expiatory acts) provide therapeutic traction when conventional psychotherapy alone has failed.