EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object), a·toned, a·ton·ing. 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. verb (used with object), a·toned, a·ton·ing. to make amends for; expiate: He atoned his sins. . Obsolete to bring into unity, harmony, concord, etc. Origin of atone
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atonement Related forms a·ton·a·ble, a·tone·a·ble, adjective a·ton·er, noun a·ton·ing·ly, adverb un·a·toned, adjective un·a·ton·ing, adjective
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Related Words for atoning redeem
recompense Examples from the Web for atoning Contemporary Examples of atoning Historical Examples of atoning
In his reticence he had the sense of
atoning not only to the apparition but to Miss Hernshaw too.
Where then the cherished hope of one day
atoning for his wrongs to those who loved him!
In his silent hours of remorse he had cherished it as one
He himself was not eating, for was he not
atoning for his sins?
Then, too, His
atoning work on the cross has no meaning for us. British Dictionary definitions for atoning verb ( intr foll by for) to make amends or reparation (for a crime, sin, etc) (tr) to expiate to atone a guilt with repentance obsolete to be in or bring into agreement Derived Forms atonable or atoneable, adjective atoner, noun Word Origin for atone
C16: back formation from
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Word Origin and History for atoning 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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