- satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends.
- (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.
- Christian Science. the experience of humankind's unity with God exemplified by Jesus Christ.
- Archaic. reconciliation; agreement.
Origin of atonement
1505–15; from phrase at one in harmony + -ment, as translation of Medieval Latin adūnāmentum; compare Middle English onement unity
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- satisfaction, reparation, or expiation given for an injury or wrong
- (often capital) Christian theol
- the reconciliation of man with God through the life, sufferings, and sacrificial death of Christ
- the sufferings and death of Christ
- Christian Science the state in which the attributes of God are exemplified in man
- obsolete reconciliation or agreement
C16: from Middle English phrase at onement in harmony
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Word Origin and History for atonement
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