Expiation

Definition of Expiation

Ex`pi`a´tion
n.1.The act of making satisfaction or atonement for any crime or fault; the extinguishing of guilt by suffering or penalty.
His liberality seemed to have something in it of self-abasement and expiation.
- W. Irving.
2.The means by which reparation or atonement for crimes or sins is made; an expiatory sacrifice or offering; an atonement.
Those shadowy expiations weak,
The blood of bulls and goats.
- Milton.
3.An act by which the threats of prodigies were averted among the ancient heathen.

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amends, atonement, balancing, commutation, compensation, composition, compromise, counteraction, counterbalancing, expiatory offering, indemnification, indemnity, lex talionis, making amends, making good, making right, making up, offsetting, peace offering, piaculum, propitiation, quittance, reclamation, recompense, rectification, redemption, redress, reparation, repayment, restitution, retaliation, revenge, satisfaction, squaring, substitution
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