penance, taking one's punishment, Archaic, shrift, purgation.
expiration, n. 1. conclusion, termination, end, coming to an end; finish, finis, culmination; close, stoppage, cessation, dissolution, breakdown; omega, death, demise, bitter end, SI. taps; finale, final act or scene or chapter, coda; wind-up, last hurrah.
2. breathing out, exhalation, respiration; gasping, puffing, panting,
expire, v. 1. end, come to an end, terminate; stop, discontinue, cease, stop working, fail, wither on the vine; close, come to a close, complete, finish, conclude; run out, run its course, go up in smoke; die out, burn out, be extinguished, burn up.
2. die, perish, decease; fade away, waste away, pass, pass away; go to sleep, give up the ghost; depart, go away, ride into the sunset, go west; write the last chapter, take the full count, go to the last round-up; meet one's Maker, go to heaven, go to the great beyond; join the Heavenly Host, join the invisible or angelic choirs; cross the Great Divide, cross the River Styx, say hello to Charon, pay one's fee; say the last goodby, breathe one's last; SI. drop dead, SI. conk out, SI. kick the bucket; exsanguinate, overdose.
3. breathe out, exhale, respire; gasp, puff, pant; sigh, blow, wheeze.
explain, v. 1. define, interpret, explicate, expound, comment on, point out; simplify, make plain, unfold, delineate, put across, spell out, get across; decipher, decode, render intelligible, untangle, unravel; clarify, elucidate, clear up, resolve, solve, reveal; illustrate, throw or shed light on, expose, demonstrate, show, make manifest, bare.
2. describe, account for, give an account of, lay open, set forth, give the facts, tell the whole story; justify, warrant, account for, tell one's side of the story, apologize,
explainable, adj. See - explicable, explanation, n. 1. explication, clarification, definition; interpretation, exegesis, commentary, note; exposition, unfoldment, elucidation, illustration; deduction, conclusion, hypothesis, theory, conception.
2. solution, answer, key, secret, signification, meaning; description, accounting, reason, background; warrant, justification, vindication, mitigation, rationalization; defense, excuse, apology, cover, gloss, alibi.
explanatory, adj. descriptive, justificatory, explicative; elucidative, commentarial, illustrative, expressive; interpretive, expository, exegetic.
expletive, adj. 1. unnecessary, unneeded, needless, nonessential, gratuitous.
-n. 2. filler, filling, padding, wadding; embellishment, ornament, decoration, frill.
3. exclamation, ejaculation, outburst, blurt; curse, oath, obscenity, epithet, Inf. swearword, Inf. dirty word, Inf. cuss word, Inf. four-letter word, SI. dirty name.
explicable, adj. accountable, definable, solvable, soluble, resolvable, determinable, ascertainable, explainable; understandable, interpretable, intelligible,
explicate, v. 1. develop, evolve, work up or out, construct, build, assemble, put together; devise, conceive, construe, concoct, think up, dream up.
2. explain, expound, elucidate, clarify, clear up, make clear; interpret, untangle, unriddle; simplify, put into plain words or English, Inf. spell out.
explication, n. 1. explanation, exposition, clarification, resolution; description, illustration; interpretation, exegesis; (of an idea, theory, etc.) development, formation.
2. key, gloss, note, annotation, word of explanation;