What does the word expiatory mean?

Usage examples for expiatory

  1. The soothsayers, being consulted at the end of seven months, ordered that solemn sacrifices should be offered up, and the ark restored to its rightful worshippers, accompanied by expiatory offerings of five golden mice and five golden tumours, one for each of the five repentant cities. – History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 6 (of 12) by G. Maspero
  2. He closed further negotiations with the comment that the United States could not be expected " to make, as it were, an expiatory sacrifice to obtain redress, or beg for reparation." – Jefferson and his Colleagues A Chronicle of the Virginia Dynasty, Volume 15 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Allen Johnson
  3. It is destined to our race, that we should serve as expiatory victims to avert the public danger. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius