- 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
First recorded in 1545–55; back formation from atonement
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Examples from the Web for unatoned
There was also his remark about Marietta and kites, unatoned for as yet.The Squirrel-Cage
Iahvah cannot accept them in their sin; the long drought is a token that their guilt is before His mind, unrepented, unatoned.
Look at your mother, and say if it is not too late to make reparation for unatoned suffering.London's Heart
B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
The heir of two centuries of unatoned insult and outrage looked down on him and seemed to drink in deep draughts of satisfaction.The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It is asked of us, why admit the vessels of France, whilst injuries which she has done us are unatoned for?
- (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
C16: back formation from atonement
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Word Origin and History for unatoned
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