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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.
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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
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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.
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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|
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verb (usually with for) make amends, pay for, compensate for, make up for, redress, answer for, recompense for, do penance for, make reparation for, make redress for He felt he had atoned for what he had done.
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atone[əˈtəʊn] VI to atone for → expiar
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