What does atone mean?

atone meaning in General Dictionary

To set at one to lower to concord to reconcile as events at variance to appease

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  • To accept be in conformity to accord
  • make amends for
  • change away from sin or do penitence
  • To concur; to stay accordance; to accord.
  • to face as an equivalent; to create reparation, payment, or amends, for an offense or a crime.
  • to create at one; to cut back to concord; to reconcile, as parties at variance; to appease.
  • To unite for making.
  • to produce satisfaction for; to expiate.

atone meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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


atone meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To agree; to stay in conformity; to accord.

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  • (v. i.) To stand as an equivalent; to create reparation, payment, or amends, for an offense or a crime.
  • (v. t.) To create at one; to cut back to concord; to get together again, as parties at difference; to appease.
  • (v. t.) To unite for making.
  • (v. t.) In order to make satisfaction for; to expiate.

Sentence Examples with the word atone

The splendid declamation of Camille, and the excellent part of the elder Horace, do not altogether atone for these defects.

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