- To expiate is defined as to admit you did something that was a sin or something you feel guilty about and to pay a penalty.
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 verbexpiated, expiating
- to make amends or reparation for (wrongdoing or guilt); atone for
- to pay the penalty of; suffer for
Origin of expiate; from 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Intransitive use, constructed with for (like atone), is obsolete in Christian usage, but fairly common in informal discussions of Islam.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”).