Advertisement

expiation (n.)

"act of making satisfaction or reparation for an offense, atonement, reparation," early 15c., expiacioun, from Latin expiationem (nominative expiatio) "satisfaction, atonement," noun of action from past-participle stem of expiare "make amends for, atone for; purge by sacrifice, make good," from ex- "completely" (see ex-) + piare "propitiate, appease," from pius "faithful, loyal, devout" (see pious).

The sacrifice of expiation is that which tendeth to appease the wrath of God. [Thomas Norton, translation of Calvin's "Institutes of Christian Religion," 1561]

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of expiation from WordNet

expiation (n.)
compensation for a wrong;
Synonyms: atonement / satisfaction
expiation (n.)
the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity);
Synonyms: atonement / propitiation
From wordnet.princeton.edu