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She knows she can’t expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
  atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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expiation expiated expiate expiating expiatory
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  • She knows she can’t expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
  • And when there is also a feeling of guilt to be overcome, and, maybe, expiated,
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • And she said, "My daily life is an acknowledgment and expiation of my sin"
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Two years earlier, a Quaker professor ... driven, apparently, by deep urges for expiation and reconciliation, had come to Hiroshima, assembled a team of carpenters, and, with his own hands and theirs, begun building a series of Japanese-style houses for victims of the bomb;
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima

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  • It was a sort of expiation, the only way I could make myself feel like I had paid for the sin of ever having joined the Circle, of having trusted Valentine.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • this dear, sainted old man, who had years ago expiated, in his whole manhood’s life, the madness of a boys treason?
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • I was on the island for expiation, and I think I liked to watch Joe and Jim struggle so patiently because I saw in them a reflection of myself.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I suppose I was incarcerated for no more than two hours, but I would willingly have stayed there until dawn or, indeed, until I had frozen to death—so long as I was able to expiate my crime.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "It was an act of expiation," he wrote.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • You must go through many humbler steps of expiation before you reach that stage.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Be that as it may, if our good senator was a political sinner, he was in a fair way to expiate it by his night’s penance.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I am expiating a moment of selfishness, and so I always say to La Carconte, when she complains, ’Hold your tongue, woman; it is the will of God.’
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • After a wild youth, he had retired into a convent, there to expiate, at least for some time, the follies of adolescence.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I keep it and rear it rather on the Roman Catholic principle of expiating numerous sins, great or small, by one good work.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And thus, while standing on the scaffold, in this vain show of expiation, Mr. Dimmesdale was overcome with a great horror of mind, as if the universe were gazing at a scarlet token on his naked breast, right over his heart.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Whether there had not been an excess of weights in one balance of the scale, in the one which contains expiation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Aren’t you half expiating your crime by facing the suffering?" she cried, holding him close and kissing him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Pain is no expiation.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Blood was always at the root of it, and only blood could expiate it.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • To expiate his huntsman’s offense, Ilagin pressed the Rostovs to come to an upland of his about a mile away which he usually kept for himself and which, he said, swarmed with hares.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The follies and disloyalty committed in his youth were to be expiated by a long and painful penance, ere he could be restored to the full enjoyment of the confidence of his ancient people; and without confidence there could be no authority in an Indian tribe.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I am to blame, and punish me, make me expiate my fault.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • OEDIPUS What expiation means he?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • To what I done and what I suffered to expiate it, what you done and are womansuffering ain’t no more than a handful of rotten dirt.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • "Served him right," said Drouet afterward, even in view of her keen expiation of her error.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "I don’t see myself—or you either—offering ourselves up to expiate her crimes."
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • (He looks around, laughs embarrassedly, expiating himself.) It sounded like-a band.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • They are the spirits, the low spirits and melancholy forebodings, of fallen souls that once in human shape night-walked the earth and did the deeds of darkness, now expiating their sins with their wailing hymns or threnodies in the scenery of their transgressions.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Not in the least: you might expiate your enjoyment of them by founding a hospital.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Love is such a priceless treasure that you can redeem the whole world by it, and expiate not only your own sins but the sins of others.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • …cruelty at Amboyns, often came into our thoughts when awake; and, for my part, I thought my condition very hard; that after so many difficulties and such signal deliverances, I should be hanged in my old age, though innocent of any crime that deserved such punishment; but then religion would seem to represent to me, as though the voice of it had said; ’consider, O man! what sins you have been formerly guilty of; which now thou art called to an account for, to expiate with thy blood!
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But if he had put on the gray jacket in anguish of spirit and in hope of expiation, he came to wear it in pride, for it was a jacket like those worn by the men with whom he marched.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • And From Conscience Of Deserving To Be Hated To have done more hurt to a man, than he can, or is willing to expiate, enclineth the doer to hate the sufferer.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It was my destiny to make another bid for the crown of life in the expiation of its endless guilt.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The evil had broken out once or twice in the father’s family, long before Lady Steyne’s sins had begun, or her fasts and tears and penances had been offered in their expiation.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Thou whose injustice hath supplied the cause That makes me quit the weary life I loathe, As by this wounded bosom thou canst see How willingly thy victim I become, Let not my death, if haply worth a tear, Cloud the clear heaven that dwells in thy bright eyes; I would not have thee expiate in aught The crime of having made my heart thy prey; But rather let thy laughter gaily ring And prove my death to be thy festival.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Indeed, when the period was over, she opened her bedroom with a resignation worthy of an expiatory victim and Aureliano Segundo saw the most beautiful woman on earth, with her glorious eyes of a frightened animal and her long, copper-colored hair spread out across the pillow.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • One often encountered in the most frequented street, in the most crowded and noisy market, in the very middle, under the feet of the horses, under the wheels of the carts, as it were, a cellar, a well, a tiny walled and grated cabin, at the bottom of which a human being prayed night and day, voluntarily devoted to some eternal lamentation, to some great expiation.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Tereza was ashamed of having been suspicious of Tomas, and hoped to expiate her guilt with a rush of benevolence towards his son.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I had an absolute certainty that I should see again what I had already seen, but something within me said that by offering myself bravely as the sole subject of such experience, by accepting, by inviting, by surmounting it all, I should serve as an expiatory victim and guard the tranquility of my companions.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • But yet all is not done; Man disobeying, Disloyal, breaks his fealty, and sins Against the high supremacy of Heaven, Affecting God-head, and, so losing all, To expiate his treason hath nought left, But to destruction sacred and devote, He, with his whole posterity, must die, Die he or justice must; unless for him Some other able, and as willing, pay The rigid satisfaction, death for death.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • But Pig was beyond humiliation, and he had a touching need to perform a public act of contrition and expiation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Your early recollection, my dear, will supply the gloomy medium through which all this was seen and expressed by the writer, and the distorted religion which clouded her mind with impressions of the need there was for the child to expiate an offence of which she was quite innocent.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He might even have done for his man supposing it was his own case he told, as people often did about others, namely, that he killed him himself and had served his four or five goodlooking years in durance vile to say nothing of the Antonio personage (no relation to the dramatic personage of identical name who sprang from the pen of our national poet) who expiated his crimes in the melodramatic manner above described.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …her faith that her sister disliked him and was behind her now; with the thought of the new enemies he was making with his bitterness, with her quick guile against his wine-ing and dine-ing slowness, her health and beauty against his physical deterioration, her unscrupulousness against his moralities—for this inner battle she used even her weaknesses—fighting bravely and courageously with the old cans and crockery and bottles, empty receptacles of her expiated sins, outrages, mistakes.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • If the day were half as tremendous to any other professional gentleman in Doctors’ Commons as it was to me, I sincerely believe he made some expiation for his share in that rotten old ecclesiastical cheese.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It seemed to me that I was hurried on by an inevitable and unseen fate to this day of misery, and that now I was to expiate all my offences at the gallows; that I was now to give satisfaction to justice with my blood, and that I was come to the last hour of my life and of my wickedness together.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • It was not as if I had a choice; more like the dying beauty all about breathed its last breath in me and commanded that I be doomed to play with words the rest of my days, as if in expiation for our race’s thoughtless slaughter of its crib world.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She nursed him, she read to him, she anticipated his wants, and was solicitous about his feelings; but there had entered into the husband’s mind the certainty that she judged him, and that her wifely devotedness was like a penitential expiation of unbelieving thoughts—was accompanied with a power of comparison by which himself and his doings were seen too luminously as a part of things in general.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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