v. make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
He tried to expiate his crimes by a full confession to the authorities.
Sentence in Classic:
This image at his warning they reared in recompense for the Palladium and the injured deity, to expiate the horror of sacrilege.
After a wild youth, he had retired into a convent, there to expiate, at least for some time, the follies of adolescence.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context
Whether there had not been an excess of weights in one balance of the scale, in the one which contains expiation.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
But this expiation did not satisfy two sainted women, Madame Courtin, Marquise de Boucs, and the Comtesse de Chateauvieux.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context
The follies and disloyalty committed in his youth were to be expiated by a long and painful penance, ere he could be restored to the full enjoyment of the confidence of his ancient people; and without confidence there could be no authority in an Indian tribe.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context