from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of expiating; atonement.
- n. A means of expiating.
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- 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)
Some modern students of the Bible don’t like the term propitiation because they say it implies pagan notions about fickle gods who need humoring and prefer instead the term expiation NRSV.
"If an angel from heaven came from almighty God, and told you that Richard was condemned to be chained on that plateau for a hundred years in expiation of his sins before he could enter heaven, and gave you the choice between sharing his exile with him or a throne in the world beneath, which would you choose?"
His own meritorious sufferings in expiation for sin were once for all completely filled up on the Cross.
But Rome's inference hence, is utterly false that the Church has a stock treasury of the merits and satisfactions of Christ and His apostles, out of which she may dispense indulgences; the context has no reference to sufferings in expiation of sin and productive of merit.
The word expiation does not once occur in the Scripture.
A very necessary feature of the expiation is the marksmanship of my opponent.
Although the idea of expiation was not excluded (Lev., i, 4), it retired somewhat into the background, since in the complete destruction of the victim by fire the absolute submission of man to God was to find expression.
Deity, the symbolic replacing of human life by an animal, the idea of expiation, etc., are declared to belong to a much later period of the history of sacrifice.
There can be no question that the idea of expiation is at the very foundation of the Old Testament ritual.
All these indicate that the notion of expiation was interwoven into the very modes of thought and framework of the language of the ancient Greeks.