atonement
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈtoʊnmənt/
Noun

atonement

  1. Making amends to restore a damaged relationship; expiation.
    • When a man has been guilty of any vice, the best atonement he can make for it is, to warn others.
    • The Phocians behaved with so much gallantry, that they were thought to have made a sufficient atonement for their former offense.
  2. (theology, often with capitalized initial) The reconciliation of God and mankind through the death of Jesus.
  3. (archaic) Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; concord.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Romans 5:11 ↗:
      by whom we have now received the atonement
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      He desires to make atonement
      Betwixt the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers.
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