expiative


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Adj.1.expiative - having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation; "expiatory (or propitiatory) sacrifice"
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I Confess is, as Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol so neatly describe it in their Hitchcock: The First Forty-four Films (1979), "the story of a priest [Montgomery Clift] who is prisoner to the secret of the confessional." While the relationship between the presumably expiative act of confession and the extra-confessional effects of this weighty exchange between confessor and confessee does not inevitably set up any simplistic dualism between those two protagonists, it does announce polarity.
To mollify inequity, like the rights afforded women, Islam has encouraged emancipation of a slave as a noble or expiative act.