- 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.
- to make up, as for errors or deficiencies (usually followed by for): to atone for one's failings.
- Obsolete. to become reconciled; agree.
- to make amends for; expiate: He atoned his sins.
- Obsolete. to bring into unity, harmony, concord, etc.
Origin of atone
Related Words for atonedredeem, apologize, outweigh, repair, square, appease, reconcile, pay, absolve, propitiate, redress, expiate, counterbalance, offset, answer, balance, correct, recompense
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If you knew how in denying myself this I have atoned and suffered!Scaramouche
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
"Then if I have atoned, tell me quickly your news," said the girl.A Soldier of the Legion
C. N. Williamson
- (intr foll by for) to make amends or reparation (for a crime, sin, etc)
- (tr) to expiateto atone a guilt with repentance
- obsolete to be in or bring into agreement