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v. ex·pi·at·ed, ex·pi·at·ing, ex·pi·ates
To make amends or reparation for; atone for: expiate one's sins by acts of penance.
To make amends; atone.
[Latin expiāre, expiāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + piāre, to atone (from pius, devout).]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) (tr) to atone for or redress (sin or wrongdoing); make amends for
[C16: from Latin expiāre, from pius dutiful; see pious]
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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]
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Past participle: expiated
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|Verb||1.||expiate - make amends for; "expiate one's sins"|
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verb (Formal) make amends for, redeem, redress, atone for, do penance for repentant sinners seeking to expiate their wrongdoing
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expiate[ˈekspɪeɪt] VT → expiar
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expiate[ˈɛkspieɪt] vt [+ sin, guilt] → expier
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vt → sühnen
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expiate[ˈɛkspɪˌeɪt] vt (fam) → espiare
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