Ex"pi*ate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Expiated(?);p. pr. & vb. n. Expiating(?).] [L. expiatus, p.p. of expiare to expiate; ex out + piare to seek to appease, to purify with sacred rites, fr. pius pious. See Pious.]

1.

To extinguish the guilt of by sufferance of penalty or some equivalent; to make complete satisfaction for; to atone for; to make amends for; to make expiation for; as, to expiate a crime, a guilt, or sin.

To expiate his treason, hath naught left. Milton.

The Treasurer obliged himself to expiate the injury. Clarendon.

2.

To purify with sacred rites.

[Obs.]

Neither let there be found among you any one that shall expiate his son or daughter, making them to pass through the fire. Deut. xviii. 10 (Douay version)

 

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Ex"pi*ate (?), a. [L. expiatus,p.p]

Terminated.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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