When you feel guilty about a lie you told, and you come clean and ask for forgiveness, this is an example of a time when you expiate.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to make amends or reparation for (wrongdoing or guilt); atone for
- to pay the penalty of; suffer for
Origin of expiatefrom Classical Latin expiatus, past participle of expiare, to make satisfaction or atonement from ex-, out + piare, to appease, akin to pius, pious
verbex·pi·at·ed, ex·pi·at·ing, ex·pi·ates
Origin of expiateLatin expiāre expiāt- ex- intensive pref. ; see ex- . piāre to atone ( from pius devout )
(third-person singular simple present expiates, present participle expiating, simple past and past participle expiated)
Intransitive use, constructed with for (like atone), is obsolete in Christian usage, but fairly common in informal discussions of Islam.
From Latin expiatum, past participle of expiō (“atone for”).