verb (used without object), a·toned, a·ton·ing.
verb (used with object), a·toned, a·ton·ing.
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Cynics said he had taken the presidency of the World Bank to atone for his actions as defense secretary.
What I did was wrong, and I have been atoning for the last 11 years.Army captain who spied for Russia sentenced to 15 years in prison|Tom Jackman, Rachel Weiner|May 14, 2021|Washington Post
So we’re willing to believe both that Neil would sin in such a way — and that he would have to spend his adulthood atoning.How Gold Diggers finds the horror in petty high school betrayal|Constance Grady|May 14, 2021|Vox
They remind us that all Americans have a duty to know and atone for what Okinawa has endured.
You must atone, apologize, and beg forgiveness for the thousands of LGBT lives you have taken.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Heracles goes on his twelve labours, not to better mankind, but to achieve immortality and atone for his own sins.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We all have a collective responsibility to atone for the actions of the U.S. and Israel in the coming weeks.Jews and Non-Jews Need to Repent for the Sins of the U.S. and Israel|Rabbi Michael Lerner|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These “outsiders” are being invited to atone for their sins by leaving the new state.
I wondered how many centuries of purgatory it would take to atone for such a sin.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because if that was to atone for man's sin, it was needless, as God could have forgiven man without Himself suffering.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
The old gentleman, her father, I have heard, used to atone for his weekday sins with his Sunday devotions.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
He does not like children, and is satisfied to have Amy back, and is trying to atone for his former harshness.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
"You have been very patient, but no doubt you will find something that will atone for my silence there," she said.Winston of the Prairie|Harold Bindloss
It seemed to him as if no punishment or penance could atone for such deception and for so great a crime.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
British Dictionary definitions for atone
Derived forms of atoneatonable or atoneable, adjectiveatoner, noun
Word Origin for atone
Idioms and Phrases with atone
In agreement, in harmony, as in John and Pat were at one on every subject except her cat, which made him sneeze, or Springtime always makes me feel at one with nature. [1300s]