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atonement (əˈtəʊnmənt Pronunciation for atonement



  1. satisfaction, reparation, or expiation given for an injury or wrong
  2. (often capital) (Christian theology)
    1. the reconciliation of man with God through the life, sufferings, and sacrificial death of Christ
    2. the sufferings and death of Christ
  3. (Christian Science) the state in which the attributes of God are exemplified in man
  4. (obsolete) reconciliation or agreement

Word Origin

C16: from Middle English phrase at onement in harmony

Example Sentences Including 'atonement'

He should also step down in atonement for this unpardonable calumny.
India Today (2002)
I mean to destroy the Phaeton, and in this act of atonement to hasten the removal of the anti-ice curse from Earth.
Baxter, Stephen Anti-Ice
MOVIE OF THE DAY THE COMPENSATION 11PM, SBS (MA) *** An exciting and exotic tale, from Sri Lanka, of revenge and atonement.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
On another day, I might have been lucky even to be shown his body, and that only in atonement.
various & introduction by Deirdre Chapman A Roomful of Birds - Scottish short stories 1990
Perhaps this Church of the Mother of God - `the priest crossed himself `-served in part as an act of atonement.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
The action of atonement allowed this woman to reassert the authority of her parental role.
Herman, Judith Lewis Trauma and Recovery
The answer is the concept of atonement - something that is out of fashion today.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
The high holy days end with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.
Toronto Sun (2003)
This was a night of atonement for the two men who have taken more than their share of flak during Liverpool's recent wobble.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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