What does the word expiate mean?

Usage examples for expiate

  1. The Scythians slay upon the altars of this deity a hundredth part of their prisoners of war; and from this usage attending victory, we may form some judgment of the justice of war: accordingly, among other nations it was engaged in solely to supply these human sacrifices, so that, having first been instituted, as it would seem, to expiate the horrors of war, they at length came to serve as a justification of them. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  2. " Not till you have permitted me to expiate my fault," said Mr. Thorn, laughing. – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  3. " Your joys are sins for me to expiate, Armand; they are paid for by penitence and remorse," she cried. – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac
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