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expiate

verb ex·pi·ate \ˈek-spē-ˌāt\

: to do something as a way to show that you are sorry about doing something bad

ex·pi·at·edex·pi·at·ing

Full Definition of EXPIATE

transitive verb
1
obsolete :  to put an end to
2
a :  to extinguish the guilt incurred by
b :  to make amends for <permission to expiate their offences by their assiduous labours — Francis Bacon>
intransitive verb
:  to make expiation
ex·pi·a·ble \ˈek-spē-ə-bəl\ adjective
ex·pi·a·tor \-spē-ˌā-tər\ noun
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Examples of EXPIATE

  1. <Yom Kippur is the holy day on which Jews are expected to expiate sins committed during the past year.>

Origin of EXPIATE

Latin expiatus, past participle of expiare to atone for, from ex- + piare to atone for, appease, from pius faithful, pious
First Known Use: circa 1500

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