Definition of expiation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

expiation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌekspiˈeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌekspiˈeɪʃn//
 
[uncountable, singular](formal)
 
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the act of accepting punishment for something that you have done wrong in order to show that you are sorry