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reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense; to make amends: He tried to make amends for his rudeness by bringing flowers.
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Recompense for grievance or injury: The new law offers no amends to victims of crime. I assured them that no amends are necessary. You must make amends to them for the insult.
[Middle English amendes, from Old French, pl. of amende, reparation, from amender, to amend; see amend.]
(functioning as singular) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etc: to make amends.
[C13: from Old French amendes fines, from amende compensation, from amender to emend]
n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense.Idioms:
make amends, to compensate, as for an injury, loss, or insult.
[1275–1325; Middle English amendes < Middle French, pl. of amende reparation, n. derivative of amender to amend]
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|Noun||1.||amends - a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury|
compensation - something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
relief - (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
actual damages, compensatory damages, general damages - (law) compensation for losses that can readily be proven to have occurred and for which the injured party has the right to be compensated
nominal damages - (law) a trivial sum (usually $1.00) awarded as recognition that a legal injury was sustained (as for technical violations of a contract)
exemplary damages, punitive damages, smart money - (law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct)
|2.||amends - something done or paid in expiation of a wrong; "how can I make amends"|