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atonement

[uh-tohn-muh nt] /əˈtoʊn mənt/
noun
1.
satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Theology. the doctrine concerning the reconciliation of God and humankind, especially as accomplished through the life, suffering, and death of Christ.
3.
Christian Science. the experience of humankind's unity with God exemplified by Jesus Christ.
4.
Archaic. reconciliation; agreement.
Origin of atonement
1505-1515
1505-15; from phrase at one in harmony + -ment, as translation of Medieval Latin adūnāmentum; compare Middle English onement unity
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atonement

/əˈtəʊnmənt/
noun
1.
satisfaction, reparation, or expiation given for an injury or wrong
2.
(often capital) (Christian theol)
  1. the reconciliation of man with God through the life, sufferings, and sacrificial death of Christ
  2. the sufferings and death of Christ
3.
(Christian Science) the state in which the attributes of God are exemplified in man
4.
(obsolete) reconciliation or agreement
Word Origin
C16: from Middle English phrase at onement in harmony
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Word Origin and History for atonement
n.

1510s, "condition of being at one (with others)," from atone + -ment. Meaning "reconciliation" (especially of sinners with God) is from 1520s; that of "propitiation of an offended party" is from 1610s.

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