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verb

To atone for, to make amends for, as in to expiate his crimes.

“Dolly!” he said, sobbing now; “for mercy's sake, think of the children; they are not to blame! I am to blame, and punish me, make me expiate my fault. Anything I can do, I am ready to do anything! I am to blame, no words can express how much I am to blame! But, Dolly, forgive me!”

—Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenin (1877)

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