What does atonement mean?

atonement meaning in General Dictionary

Reconciliation restoration of friendly relations contract concord

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  • compensation for a wrong
  • the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
  • Reconciliation; repair of friendly relations; agreement; concord.
  • happiness or reparation produced by offering an equivalent for a personal injury, or by doing of suffering that which are going to be gotten in satisfaction for an offense or injury; expiation; amends; -- with concerning. Specifically, in theology: The expiation of sin made by the obedience, individual suffering, and loss of Christ.

atonement meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1510s, "condition of being at one (with others)," from atone + -ment. Meaning "reconciliation" (especially of sinners with Jesus) is from 1520s; compared to "propitiation of an offended celebration" is from 1610s.


atonement meaning in Philosophy Dictionary

spiritual work of expressing awareness of one's sins, penitence, reconciliation, offering pleasure. Especially, a theological doctrine indicating the reconciliation between Jesus and man who had sinned against God, thus provided offense to Him. This was effected through the Incarnation of Christ, the boy of Jesus, their sufferings and death from the mix, whom consequently could be the Saviour and Redeemer associated with human race. This voluntary demise and vicarious give up constituted a complete reparation for sins of mankind and satisfied the debt to divine justice, hence rendering it again feasible for males to achieve eternal joy in heaven. -- J.J.R.


atonement meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Reconciliation; renovation of friendly relations; contract; concord.

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  • (n.) happiness or reparation produced by offering an equivalent for a personal injury, or by doing of suffering whatever will undoubtedly be obtained in pleasure for an offense or injury; expiation; amends; -- with concerning. Especially, in theology: The expiation of sin created by the obedience, private suffering, and death of Christ.

Sentence Examples with the word atonement

This division of the Vertebrata into hot and cold blooded is a curiously retrograde step, only intelligible when we reflect that the excellent entomologist had no real comprehension of vertebrate morphology; but he makes some atonement for the blunder by steadily upholding the class distinctness of the Amphibia.

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