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But the best thing to do after such a costly error is atone for it. The Sun (2016)This allows a person to avoid a criminal record if they plead guilty and are seen to atone for their crime. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is baffling but he must have somehow managed to atone for his sins and convince her that he has changed. The Sun (2012)Clearly the man wants to atone for his sins and continues to punish himself by refusing offers of kindness or love. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It's the only way to atone for this guilt. Christianity Today (2000)It is meant to show toughness, loyalty and to atone for sins. The Sun (2007)Can he atone for past errors and win the king's daughter's hand? Times, Sunday Times (2009)Germany demands that the debtor nations of southern Europe atone for their sins, insisting on painful austerity. Times, Sunday Times (2011)At least they will have a chance to atone for their sins second time around, and when they do they could profitably think primarily about tempo. Times, Sunday Times (2012)In our thirties, we all head to the gym, to atone for the sins of our younger years. Times, Sunday Times (2008)OK, if they try to do something to atone for their sins it would be different but they don't recognise that they sinned. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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