- IPA: /əˈtoʊnmənt/
- 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.
- (theology, often with capitalized initial) The reconciliation of God and mankind through the death of Jesus.
- (archaic) Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; concord.
- 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.
- French: propitiation
- German: Wiedergutmachung, Versöhnung, Sühneopfer, Ersatz
- Italian: riconciliazione, ammenda, riparazione, redenzione
- Portuguese: reconciliação
- Russian: примире́ние
- Spanish: desagravio
- French: expiation, réparation, réconciliation
- German: Buße, Sühne, Wiedergutmachung, Sühnung, Entsühnung
- Italian: espiazione, riparazione, redenzione
- Portuguese: expiação
- Russian: искупле́ние
- Spanish: expiación