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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 of atone
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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Historical Examples
  • Look at your mother, and say if it is not too late to make reparation for unatoned suffering.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • There was also his remark about Marietta and kites, unatoned for as yet.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • As such, she mourned him; nor was her grief without that keenest sting, the memory of unatoned wrong.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • Iahvah cannot accept them in their sin; the long drought is a token that their guilt is before His mind, unrepented, unatoned.

  • The heir of two centuries of unatoned insult and outrage looked down on him and seemed to drink in deep draughts of satisfaction.

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It is asked of us, why admit the vessels of France, whilst injuries which she has done us are unatoned for?

  • A wrong unrepented of and unatoned gathers interest, instead of getting discount, from lost time.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for unatoned

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 unatoned

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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