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Related to atone: make amends
v. a·toned, a·ton·ing, a·tones
1. To make amends, as for a sin or fault: These crimes must be atoned for.
2. Archaic To agree.
1. To expiate.
2. Archaic To conciliate; appease: "So heaven, atoned, shall dying Greece restore" (Alexander Pope).
3. Obsolete To reconcile or harmonize.
[Middle English atonen, to be reconciled, from at one, in agreement : at, at; see at + one, one; see one.]
a·ton′a·ble, a·tone′a·ble adj.
1. (foll by: for) to make amends or reparation (for a crime, sin, etc)
2. (tr) to expiate: to atone a guilt with repentance.
3. obsolete to be in or bring into agreement
[C16: back formation from atonement]
aˈtonable, aˈtoneable adj
v. a•toned, a•ton•ing. v.i.
1. to make amends, as for an offense or error or for an offender (usu. fol. by for): to atone for one's sins.
2. Obs. to become reconciled; agree.v.t.
3. to make amends for; expiate.
4. Obs. to bring into unity, accord, etc.
[1545–55; back formation from atonement]
a•ton′a•ble, a•tone′a•ble, adj.
Past participle: atoned
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|Verb||1.||atone - make amends for; "expiate one's sins"|
|2.||atone - turn away from sin or do penitence|