Meaning of “expiate” in the English Dictionary

"expiate" in British English

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expiateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈek.spi.eɪt/ us /ˈek.spi.eɪt/ formal

to show that you are sorry for bad behaviour by doing something or accepting punishment:

to expiate a crime/sin
noun [ U ] uk /ˌek.spiˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌek.spiˈeɪ.ʃən/

the expiation of a sin

(Definition of “expiate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)