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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How to use atonement in a sentence
For the first few months of this season, road trips for the Astros amounted to something like a traveling atonement carnival.Alex Cora, leading Red Sox into a promising future, answers for his past in Houston | Chelsea Janes | May 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Johnson notes that the conversation on reparations, which falls under atonement, needs to be expanded.Why it took 100 years for America to learn about the Tulsa massacre | Fabiola Cineas | May 30, 2021 | Vox
That racial reconciliation will involve the acknowledgment of the wrong that’s been done, an apology, and atonement.Why it took 100 years for America to learn about the Tulsa massacre | Fabiola Cineas | May 30, 2021 | Vox
You wrote, “His advocacy was a form of atonement but also deflection.”
Citizen Kane, at least in Mank’s telling, is equal parts his stroke of revenge and his plea for atonement.David Fincher’s new movie Mank is a broadside against Hollywood self-congratulation | Alissa Wilkinson | December 4, 2020 | Vox
For all our sins, may the Force that makes forgiveness possible forgive us, pardon us, and make atonement possible.Jews and Non-Jews Need to Repent for the Sins of the U.S. and Israel | Rabbi Michael Lerner | September 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His public atonement and embrace of Westergaard might force Akkari himself to live with perpetual police protection.
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Five means atonement; 10 means completeness; 17 means heaven.
But my burden is nothing compared to her loss and the suffering her family had to endure…atonement is a process that never ends.
It was not alone the slaying and offering of sacrifice, but also the sprinkling of blood that made atonement.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
You may think I'm offering myself as a sort of vicarious atonement—if your Doris fails you—but I'm not, really.The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The old woman has died, and her daughter Chane is brought before us on the same atonement day.
The reference to the "many women," "beholding afar off," forms a pathetic close to the story of the Great atonement Day.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew | John Monro Gibson
The purpose of the writer is to teach the entire separateness of Christs atonement.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews | Thomas Charles Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for atonement
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
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