AskDefine | Define expiate

Dictionary Definition

expiate v : make amends for; "expiate one's sins" [syn: aby, abye, atone]

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  1. To atone or make reparation for.
  2. To relieve of guilt.
  3. To put an end to.
  4. To make amends.


Death may expiate faults, but cannot repair them. Napoleon Bonaparte


to atone
to relieve of guilt
to put an end to
to make amends

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