Answer: v. to make amends for
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Word Origin late 16th century (in the sense 'end (rage sorrow etc.) by suffering it to the full'): from Latin expiat- 'appeased by sacrifice' from the verb expiare from ex- 'out' + piare (from pius 'pious').
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The word derives from expiare Latin for to atone for a root that in turn traces to the Latin term for "pious." Expiate originally referred to warding off evil by using sacred rites or to using sacred rites to cleanse or purify something.
verb (used with object) ex·pi·at·ed ex·pi·at·ing. to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes.
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To make amends or reparation for; atone for: expiate one's sins by acts of penance.
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