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atone

[uh-tohn]
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verb (used without object), a·toned, a·ton·ing.
  1. to make amends or reparation, as for an offense or a crime, or for an offender (usually followed by for): to atone for one's sins.
  2. to make up, as for errors or deficiencies (usually followed by for): to atone for one's failings.
  3. Obsolete. to become reconciled; agree.
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verb (used with object), a·toned, a·ton·ing.
  1. to make amends for; expiate: He atoned his sins.
  2. Obsolete. to bring into unity, harmony, concord, etc.
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Origin of atone

First recorded in 1545–55; back formation from atonement
Related formsa·ton·a·ble, a·tone·a·ble, adjectivea·ton·er, nouna·ton·ing·ly, adverbun·a·toned, adjectiveun·a·ton·ing, adjective
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  • If you knew how in denying myself this I have atoned and suffered!

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Surely that sin has been atoned for; I have suffered for it as no tongue can tell.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • He atoned for this unconsciously by the longing calculations he made.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • If I have done wrong, I have atoned for it; and it is done with.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc

  • "Then if I have atoned, tell me quickly your news," said the girl.

    A Soldier of the Legion

    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for atoned

atone

verb
  1. (intr foll by for) to make amends or reparation (for a crime, sin, etc)
  2. (tr) to expiateto atone a guilt with repentance
  3. obsolete to be in or bring into agreement
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Derived Formsatonable or atoneable, adjectiveatoner, noun

Word Origin

C16: back formation from atonement
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Word Origin and History for atoned

atone

v.

1550s, from adverbial phrase atonen (c.1300) "in accord," literally "at one," a contraction of at and one. It retains the older pronunciation of one. The phrase perhaps is modeled on Latin adunare "unite," from ad- "to, at" (see ad-) + unum "one." Related: Atoned; atoning.

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