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having power to atone for or offered by way of expiation or propitiation

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Marshall summarizes this argument, drawing out the theological implications concerning the expiatory rationale for capital punishment after the cross:
The absence of such expiatory sacrifices, usually offered to a divine being, undermines the idea of an exteriorization of violence.
In Widmerpool, the abstract concept of Will takes an appropriately grotesque form, and his career illustrates the fact that while those who live by the Will profit from their single-mindedness with worldly honors, the contest, on some level, can never end: Widmerpool expires, fittingly enough, while undergoing the same sort of joyless, expiatory run that Jenkins recalls from their schooldays, when the plodding fellow seemed to be forever practicing for teams for which he would never be chosen and races he would never win.
Later, in these deaths by misadventure, the sword, horse, cart, or tree that in legal language moved to the death of a person would be surrendered to the victim or his kin, not as a true restitution for the damage done, but as both expiatory offering and ransom by the owner of the wrong-doing thing.
She points out animosities aroused in France by the missions with their stress on revolutionary events and the planting of expiatory crosses where liberty trees and guillotines had stood previously.
The topmost shelf of every closet was made to yield up its secret, cellar and coal bin were probed to their darkest depths, and as a final stage in the lustral rites, the entire house was swathed in penitential white and deluged with expiatory soapsuds" (p.
Aleman's ironic discourse notes the picaro's victimization and his expiatory function.
The next section in this chapter reviews Aleman's defense of mercantilism and again emphasizes the picaro's role "as the expiatory element in the narrative, as the scapegoat that must be sacrificed to safeguard the nation-state" (106).
Through their persons, a kind of expiatory sacrifice is being consummated, almost mystically, through which we are exonerated.
Jesus, descended from the House of David, fulfilled there his expiatory mission.
1982) traces the physical and spiritually expiatory journey of the white mission boss Heriot and his Aboriginal companion Justin through the western desert to the Aboriginal islands of the dead.
The rotting of the flesh was regarded as painful -- but also expiatory, because one's evil deeds were thought to be encoded in the flesh and to dissolve along with it.
On November 6, 1938, a Jewish adolescent, Herschel Grynszpan, whose parents had just been deported to Zbonszyn, bought a revolver, had its use demonstrated to him, went to the German embassy in Paris and shot to death, as an expiatory victim, the First Secretary, Ernst vom Rath.
This served as an expiatory rite for the community, and also provided a feast for the priestly family.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines "lustration" as "the performance of an expiatory sacrifice or a purificatory rite" and tells us that it was practiced by the ancient Romans.