atone

[uh-tohn]
verb (used without object), atoned, atoning.
1.
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.
2.
to make up, as for errors or deficiencies (usually followed by for ): to atone for one's failings.
3.
Obsolete. to become reconciled; agree.
verb (used with object), atoned, atoning.
4.
to make amends for; expiate: He atoned his sins.
5.
Obsolete. to bring into unity, harmony, concord, etc.

Origin:
1545–55; back formation from atonement

atonable, atoneable, adjective
atoner, noun
atoningly, adverb
unatoned, adjective
unatoning, adjective
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atone (əˈtəʊn)
 
vb (foll by for)
1.  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]
 
a'tonable
 
adj
 
a'toneable
 
adj
 
a'toner
 
n

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atone
1550s, from adv. phrase atonen (c.1300) "in accord," lit. "at one," a contraction of at and one. It retains the older pronunciation of one. The phrase perhaps is modeled on L. adunare "unite," from ad- "to, at" + unum "one."
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Example sentences
Of course, those punishments were something that had to be accepted in the spirit of atoning for the original sin of racism.
Sensitive, swift to resent, but as swift in atoning for error.
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