Definition of expiation in English:



mass noun
  • The act of making amends or reparation for guilt or wrongdoing; atonement.

    ‘an act of public expiation’
    • ‘The Fast of Atonement was instituted in expiation of a mortal sin and observed as a day of penance and mourning.’
    • ‘Even supposing that punishment may effectively protect us in the future, we consider that it must be, in the first place, an expiation of the past.’
    • ‘The attempted assassination was an act both of expiation and of restitution.’
    • ‘It needed expiation - atonement to remove guilt and the liability of punishment.’
    • ‘It's a wraparound justification for a violence whose real end is the expiation of shame through massacre.’
    atonement, redemption, redress, reparation, restitution, recompense, requital, purgation, penance
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