Definition of expiation
1 : the act of making atonement
2 : the means by which atonement is made
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Redemption wasn’t quite possible for Lee, but there was expiation for the actor.
Poetry served as an offering to the dead, a form of expiation, a hope for redemption.
Shock, investigation, self-flagellation, expiation.
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