atonement

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from atone +‎ -ment as translation of Medieval Latin adūnāmentum[1]; however, the noun is found earlier than the verb (atone); and in this light, the proper etymology is at +‎ onement.

Noun[edit]

atonement (countable and uncountable, plural atonements)

  1. Making amends to restore a damaged relationship; expiation.
    • Spectator
      When a man has been guilty of any vice, the best atonement he can make for it is, to warn others.
    • Potter
      The Phocians behaved with so much gallantry, that they were thought to have made a sufficient atonement for their former offense.
  2. (theology, often with capitalized initial) The reconciliation of God and mankind through the death of Jesus.
  3. (archaic) Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; concord.
    • Bible, Rom. v. 11
      by whom we have now received the atonement
    • Shakespeare
      He desires to make atonement
      Betwixt the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers.

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    2017 January 2, “Atonement”, in Dictionary.com[1]: