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/ əˈtoʊn mənt /
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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.
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Origin of atonement

First recorded in 1505–15; from phrase at one, at oon “in harmony” + -ment, as translation of Medieval Latin adūnāmentum; compare Middle English onement “unity”
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British Dictionary definitions for atonement

/ (əˈtəʊnmənt) /

satisfaction, reparation, or expiation given for an injury or wrong
(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
Christian Science the state in which the attributes of God are exemplified in man
obsolete reconciliation or agreement

Word Origin for atonement

C16: from Middle English phrase at onement in harmony
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