Ex`pi*a"tion (?), n. [L. expiatio: cf.F. expiation]

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 treats of prodigies were averted among the ancient heathen.

[Obs.]

Hayward.

 

© Webster 1913.

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