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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expiation  \Ex`pi*a"tion\,  n.  [L.  expiatio:  cf.F.  expiation] 
  1.  The  act  of  making  satisfaction  or  atonement  for  any  crime 
  or  fault;  the  extinguishing  of  guilt  by  suffering  or 
  penalty. 
 
  His  liberality  seemed  to  have  something  in  it  of 
  self-abasement  and  expiation.  --W.  Irving. 
 
  2.  The  means  by  which  reparation  or  atonement  for  crimes  or 
  sins  is  made  an  expiatory  sacrifice  or  offering;  an 
  atonement. 
 
  Those  shadowy  expiations  weak,  The  blood  of  bulls 
  and  goats.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  An  act  by  which  the  treats  of  prodigies  were  averted  among 
  the  ancient  heathen.  [Obs.]  --Hayward. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  expiation 
  n  1:  compensation  for  a  wrong  "we  were  unable  to  get 
  satisfaction  from  the  local  store"  [syn:  {atonement},  {satisfaction}] 
  2:  the  act  of  atoning  for  sin  or  wrongdoing  [syn:  {atonement}, 
  {propitiation}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Expiation 
  Guilt  is  said  to  be  expiated  when  it  is  visited  with  punishment 
  falling  on  a  substitute.  Expiation  is  made  for  our  sins  when 
  they  are  punished  not  in  ourselves  but  in  another  who  consents 
  to  stand  in  our  room  It  is  that  by  which  reconciliation  is 
  effected.  Sin  is  thus  said  to  be  covered"  by  vicarious 
  satisfaction. 
 
  The  cover  or  lid  of  the  ark  is  termed  in  the  LXX.  hilasterion 
  that  which  covered  or  shut  out  the  claims  and  demands  of  the  law 
  against  the  sins  of  God's  people,  whereby  he  became  propitious" 
  to  them 
 
  The  idea  of  vicarious  expiation  runs  through  the  whole  Old 
  Testament  system  of  sacrifices.  (See  {PROPITIATION}.) 
 




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