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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ex·pi·a·tion /ˌɛkspiˈeʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·pi·a·tion n.
 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 threats of prodigies were averted among the ancient heathen. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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 (especially
         appeasing a deity) [syn: atonement, propitiation]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    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
      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.)