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- Making amends to restore a damaged relationship; expiation.
- 1711 March 20, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “FRIDAY, March 9, 1710–1711 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 8; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume I, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
- When a man has been guilty of any vice, the best atonement he can make for it is, to warn others.
- 1697-1698, John Potter, Archaeologia Graeca
- The Phocians behaved themselves with so much gallantry, that they were thought to have made a sufficient atonement for their former offense.
- (theology, often with capitalized initial) The reconciliation of God and mankind through the death of Jesus.
- (archaic) Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; concord.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- He desires to make atonement
Betwixt the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers.
amends to restore a damaged relationship
reconciliation of God and mankind
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Translations to be checked
- penance, penitance, expiation, reconciliation, conciliation
- Yom Kippur (Jewish holiday)
- adunatio (Church Latin)
- atonement on Wikipedia.Wikipedia