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atone

[uh-tohn] /əˈtoʊn/
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
1545-1555
1545-55; back formation from atonement
Related forms
atonable, atoneable, adjective
atoner, noun
atoningly, adverb
unatoned, adjective
unatoning, adjective
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for atoning

atone

/əˈtəʊn/
verb
1.
(intransitive) foll by for. to make amends or reparation (for a crime, sin, etc)
2.
(transitive) to expiate: to atone a guilt with repentance
3.
(obsolete) to be in or bring into agreement
Derived Forms
atonable, atoneable, adjective
atoner, noun
Word Origin
C16: back formation from atonement
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Word Origin and History for atoning

atone

v.

1550s, from adverbial phrase atonen (c.1300) "in accord," literally "at one," a contraction of at and one. It retains the older pronunciation of one. The phrase perhaps is modeled on Latin adunare "unite," from ad- "to, at" (see ad-) + unum "one." Related: Atoned; atoning.

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