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EX'PIATE, L. expio ex and pio, to worship, to atone pius, pious, mild. The primary sense is probably to appease, to pacify, to allay resentment, which is the usual sense of atone in most languages which I have examined. Pio is probably contracted from pico, and from the root of paco, the radical sense of which is to lay, set or fix the primary sense of peach, pax. Hence the sense of mild in pius. But this opinion is offered only as probable.

1. To atone for to make satisfaction for to extinguish the guilt of a crime by subsequent acts of piety or worship, by which the obligation to punish the crime is canceled. To expiate guilt or a crime, is to perform some act which is supposed to purify the person guilty or some act which is accepted by the offended party as satisfaction for the injury that is, some act by which his wrath is appeased,and his forgiveness procured.
2. To make reparation for as, to expiate an injury.
3. To avert the threats of prodigies.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Expiate'. King James Dictionary.

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