Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possible to expiate: expiable offenses.

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  • adj. Capable of being expiated or atoned for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being expiated or atoned for

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being expiated or atoned for: as, an expiable offense; expiable guilt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being atoned for

Etymologies

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expiate +‎ -able

Examples

  • Missing silver spoons and cooked petty cash were trivialities usually expiable at the price of a boot-assisted dismissal; but this --!

    The Yellow Claw

  • Camerino had come on first; in an access of jealous fury the Count had struck Camerino in the face; and this outrage, I know not how justly, was deemed expiable before the other.

    The Diary of a Man of Fifty

  • Jewess was deemed a sin, scarce expiable; and Isabel conceived all that horror of her son's offence which was natural in a pious mother and a haughty queen.

    Leila or, the Siege of Granada, Complete

  • In 1794 the ruffians, Danton and Robespierre, fell in succession, and expiated their crimes (if indeed such crimes be expiable at all) on that guillotine which they had so often deluged with the blood of innocence, even of female innocence and beauty.

    Celebration in Baltimore of the Triumph of Liberty in France

  • "Had he only robbed the mail-coach, or broken into a gentleman's house, the offence might have been expiable; but to rob a clergyman, and a rector too!

    Paul Clifford — Volume 02

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