From atone (“reconciled”), from Middle English atone, attone, atoon (“agreed”, literally “at one”), equivalent to at + one. Compare Latin adūnō (“I unite, make one”) for the similar formation. Regarding the different phonological development of atone and one, see the note in one.
- (transitive, intransitive) To make reparation, compensation, amends or satisfaction for an offence, crime, mistake or deficiency. [from 1680s]
- (obsolete, transitive) To bring at one or at concordance; to reconcile; to suffer appeasement. [from 1570s]
- (obsolete, intransitive) To agree or accord; to be in accordance or harmony. [from 1590s]
- (obsolete, transitive) To unite in making.
- (proscribed) To absolve (someone else) of wrongdoing, especially by standing as an equivalent.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “atone”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- atone in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “atone”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
atone (plural atones)
- “atone” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).