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  • n. Plural form of expiation.


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  • She never read the books she owed to these twinges; it was thus that she got her aversion to Thackeray -- one of his "expiations" was a set of Thackeray.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume I

  • And thank god for that, because books of ex-communists 'expiations run to the superficial, egomaniacal and infantile stinky.

    Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left, by Ronald Radosh (2001)

  • Zosimus and Sozomen pretend that, the heathen priests having told him that there were no expiations for such great crimes, he then made open profession of Christianity, and demolished many temples in the East.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Mysteries and expiations were in credit almost throughout the earth.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The Roman Catholics have expiations which they call penances.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • As soon as religion was established, expiations were admitted.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • That which should offer men more encouragements to the social virtues than expiations for social crimes?

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • When any such thought comes into your mind, go and perform expiations, go as a suppliant to the temples of the Gods who avert evils, go to the society of those who are called good men among you; hear them tell and yourself try to repeat after them, that every man should honour the noble and the just.


  • Of these things, however, which now I do but touch upon, I will speak more largely when, having performed these expiations and purgings of the mind, I come to set forth the true way for the interpretation of nature.

    The New Organon

  • Then when any such appearance visits you, Plato says, “Have recourse to expiations, go a suppliant to the temples of the averting deities.”

    The Discourses of Epictetus


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