- The act of expiating; atonement.
- A means of expiating.
From Middle French expiation, from Latin expiatio.
Variant of 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