from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of expiating; atonement.
- n. A means of expiating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of atonement for a sin or wrongdoing.
- n. The act of expiating or stripping off; plunder; pillage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of making satisfaction or atonement for any crime or fault; the extinguishing of guilt by suffering or penalty.
- n. The means by which reparation or atonement for crimes or sins is made; an expiatory sacrifice or offering; an atonement.
- n. An act by which the threats of prodigies were averted among the ancient heathen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of expiating, or of making satisfaction or reparation for an offense; atonement; reparation. See atonement.
- n. The means by which atonement, satisfaction, or reparation of crimes is made; an atonement.
- n. An observance or ceremony intended to avert omens or prodigies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. compensation for a wrong
- n. the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
Latin expiatio. (Wiktionary)