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expiate | expiation | expiatory

expiate expiation expiatory
show that you are sorry for something
  • How to Memorize
    • expiate - compensate
  • Analysis

    To ‘expiate’ means to atone for something you have done wrong by accepting fault or punishment willingly, or by doing something to make amends. This formal word implies a feeling of guilt and the urgent need to absolve oneself through words or action. Most commonly encountered in written English.

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  • Example(s)
    1. In order to expiate my guilt for the part I played in Tom being fired, I offered him some money to tide him over until he could find another job.

    2. When the scandal broke, rather than deny it the public figure released a statement of expiation, accepting full responsibility and issuing a frank apology.

    3. Expiatory measures were taken by the company to make amends for the environmental disaster that their mismanagement had caused.