EXPIATORY PUNISHMENT By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 A punishment to the wrongdoer who is made to suffer in proportion to the severity of wrongdoing. Compare reciprocal punishment. EXPIATORY PUNISHMENT: "Joe's expiatory punishment was in accord for his wrongdoing." Related Psychology Terms INVERSE-SQUARE LAW MATCHING LAW WEBER FRACTION FALSE-ALARM RATE EXPIATION RESPONSE COST SOCIAL REINFORCEMENT WEBER-FECHNER LAW BONDAGE AND DISCIPLINE (B AND D) SKELETAL MUSCLE Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "EXPIATORY PUNISHMENT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/expiatory-punishment/ (accessed January 26, 2020).