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The soul, in its transmigration, expiates the sins committed in a former state of being.

The blood that expiates and the water that cleanses flowed from the pierced side of a crucified Christ.

Fourth act—he expiates his crime and sees a chance to regain happiness after a long, weary probation.

Nearly every man who expiates a crime upon the gallows is a believer in the Bible.

There she expiates her wrong-doing by a life of devotion and expresses the utmost affection for me.

So he renounces his desires, and expiates the sin of being alive by retirement from the world.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600 (OED entry has a typographical error in the earliest date), from Latin expiatus, past participle of expiare "to make amends, atone for (see expiation). Related: Expiable (1560s); expiated; expiating.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.